Annapurna Circuit Trek 17 Days

Trip Facts

  • Duration 18 Days
  • Difficulty Level Strenuous
  • Destination Nepal
  • Transportation Private Vehicle, Public Jeep and Tourist Bus
  • Activity City Tour, Trekking and walking
  • Best Season March- May and Sept- Dec
  • Group Size 1 to 16 People
  • Trip Start/End Kathmandu
  • Max Altitude 5,416 m/17,756 ft

Highlights

  • Explore the ancient World Heritage sites of Kathmandu
  • Scenic drive from Kathmandu to Jagat
  • Emerging views of the Marshyangdi River Valley and diversity in landscape
  • Typical settlements of the Tibetan Buddhists in the deserted terrain of Manang
  • Excellent views of the Himalayas, including Mt. Annapurna Thorong La, Lamjung Himalayas
  • The exhausting but outstanding Thorong La Pass- 5416 meters
  • Connects the Annapurna region with the Himalayan rain shadow of Mustang
  • World-renowned pilgrimage destination of Mustang- the Muktinath temple- 3800 meters
  • Marpha- an apple garden in Nepal
  • Connects the Ghorepani trail of the lower Annapurna region
  • Poon Hill (3210 meters) - an excellent sunrise view point above the Himalayas
  • Ghandruk- a picturesque ethnic community

Annapurna Circuit Trek Overview

Annapurna Circuit Trek- 18 Day is an adventurous journey through the thrilling route along the Marshyangdi River valley, crosses the Thorong-La Pass (5416 meters), and connects the Mustang region. The Annapurna circuit trek provides you with an opportunity to explore Tibetan Buddhist communities in Manang. It also allows you to visit some Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimage sites in the lower Mustang, including the  Muktinath temple. The entire trekking region is bounded up by the Marshyangdi and Kaligandaki River valleys.

Crossing the highest pass of this trek- Thorong La is a challenging task, especially since this far altitude lacks oxygen in the air. So, acclimatization is an essential factor of the Annapurna Circuit Trekking. From the peak point, the mind-blowing views of the Himalayas can be explored, which include the Annapurna range, Lamjung Himalayas, Manaslu peak, Thorong Peak, Tilicho Peak, and the surroundings. After walking in the Mustang region, the trail is again connected to the lower Annapurna region towards Poon Hill. The Annapurna Circuit Trekking is facilitated with the hotels and lodges for accommodation along with restaurants for hygienic foods that make the journey comfortable. Regarding transportation, you should take a drive for about 8 hours in the beginning and you have the option to drive or fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu after the trek concludes.

Immersing you in a daring adventure, Annapurna Circuit Trip stands in the mountain wilderness surrounded by the Marshyangdi and Kaligandaki River valley. It is connected by the challenging high pass of Thorong-La (5416 meters) after a magnificent journey through the mist-shrouded valleys and secluded communities of the Tibetan Buddhists in the remote countryside. Due to the enchanting route at the high altitude, the trek has been enlisted in one of the most popular trekking in the world.

The first impression of the trek you get is the cultural delights of the Kathmandu valley that dates back to the medieval century. However, the trekking activities begin from Syange or Jagat after about 10 hours of driving from Kathmandu. The greeneries of the lower Annapurna region, streams, and waterfalls are the initial attractions on the trek. Heading through the ethnic communities and isolated forested route, you encounter the traditional settlements of the Tibetan Buddhist communities in the Manang region. This Himalayan terrain is quite rugged and semi-arid, but culturally, it is a God-gifted town. Antique monasteries like Bhraga monastery, chhortens, and mani walls prevail along the route. Acclimatization makes your trek accessible and Manang is the perfect place for acclimatization rest during Annapurna circuit trekking. You can hike around and explore the diversity of Annapurna Himalayan peaks, Gangapurna Lake, and the surroundings.

Climbing higher through the grazing meadows of Yak Kharka you prepare for a huge mission to cross the Thorong La Pass from Phedi. Walking through the rock falling slope facing the chilling wind, you reach the pass, which is just incredible. The stunning peaks of the Annapurna range, Lamjung Himalayas, Tilicho Peak, Thorong Peak, and Mt. Manaslu can be explored. From the pass, it connects to the Mustang region. Trekkers get abundant natural and cultural attractions in the Mustang region. The sacred Hindu site of Muktinath temple, the fantastic setting of Kagbeni, and the windswept Kali Gandaki valley offer great memories of the trip. Exploring Jomsom, the apple orchard of Marpha and Tukuche further entice the trekkers. Before reconnecting the Annapurna trail, you enjoy the natural hot spring at Tatopani.

The iconic trail of the Ghorepani Poon Hill route is quite dramatic, which is the concluding section of the Annapurna Circuit Journey. Heading through the ethnic Magar and Gurung communities, you get a remarkable moment to hike Poon Hill and get the Himalayan scenery of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri chain from a different angle. The trek continues through the rhododendron woods. With a short exploration of the Ghandruk village, you drive to Pokhara and the trek concludes.

When is the best time to do this trekking?

Spring and autumn are included in the list of best seasons for the Annapurna Circuit Trek.

Beginning from March to May, the spring season allows great walking days. Days are often hot with the sunshine but the nights are still cold. As the weather remains amazing, the stunning Himalayan views of the Annapurna region look breathtaking. The lower Annapurna region is dotted with the rhododendron and other wildflowers, which is extremely fabulous to walk during the spring season. Even crossing the Thorong-La Pass becomes quite easier with the snowless trail.

The autumn season is also regarded as the best season for alpine trekking in Nepal. Annapurna Circuit Trekking in autumn offers wonderful days with warm weather. Although nights are chilling, the day refreshes you with suitable weather. The crystal-clear sky allows an eye-catching Himalayan glimpse. Except for September and October, November is a chiller and you need more warm outfits. As late as you trek, crossing the 5416 meters high pass becomes further technical with the start of snowfall.

Besides spring and autumn, if you love ultra-adventure, you can still enjoy the Annapurna Circuit trek in December and January. But, your physical fitness, altitude adaptation, and the snowy trail might add ultra-adventure to the trek. On the other hand, you may need crampons to cross the Thorong-La Pass. Of course, the monsoon is not a suitable time to attempt the Annapurna Circuit trekking.

Itinerary

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Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM), you will be welcomed by a representative from Adventure Club Trek. After sorting out your custom formalities (visa and so on), you will be transferred to your respective hotel in Adventure Club Trek’s private vehicle. After resting for some time at your Hotel, you will attend an orientation about your trek led by the trekking leader over a welcome dinner.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsWelcome Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude1,300m/4,264ft

After breakfast, we start the road trip towards the west. The road is winding but picturesque scenery makes your trip interesting. A couple of stops on the way make it easy to take a rest and have lunch. Leaving the Prithvi Highway, it takes you towards the north following the Marshyangdi River valley. It passes the district center of Lamjung- Besisahar. The road ahead is pretty much adventurous with the narrow roads on the cliffs. We’ll pass by lush rice paddies and quiet villages before reaching our guesthouse in Jagat. This is the start of the Annapurna Circuit and the beginning of our trek. Overnight in Jagat.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahosue
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude1300m

We kick off the first day's foothill excursion from Jagat after having breakfast. We take a steep climb towards Chamje and we get a chance to see 202 meters long waterfalls on the way. We cross the river and avoid the motor roads. We head gradually and stop for the lunch at Sattale. Heading further, we make our way following the Riverbank to Tal, a beautiful village at the Riverside. The trail continues along an impressive, wide valley upwards along stone staircases until we reach the village of Dharapani. Overnight in Dharapani.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahosue
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude1,960m/6,431ft

Leaving Dharapani, we walk through the evergreen forest of oak, pine, and maple trees. Marshyangdi River is all the way along. We pass Bagarchhap and Danakyu on the way and stop for the lunch at Thanachowk. The landscape becomes drier and the vegetation will be the drier slopes. Heading further, the stunning Himalayan views of Lamjung Himal and Annapurna peaks can be explored from Koto. Hiking for about half an hour, we reach Chame, Before reaching Chame – the administrative center of the Manang District we’ll also get to see outstanding views of Mt. Manaslu (8156m) and Peak 29 (7871m). Overnight in Chame.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahosue
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude2,710m/8,892ft

A steep and narrow path through a very dense forest will bring us to the dramatic curved rock face, rising 1500m from the river. This is probably the steepest part of the Marshyangdi Valley, so steep that the trail is carved into the vertical rock. After passing this last bit of rock, the valley opens up with majestic vistas. And right, where the valley widens, stands the Paungda Danda, a massive sloping rock face that rises over 5,000ft (1500m) above the trail. We trek for a while before reaching upper Pisang where we spend the night.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahosue
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude3,300m/10,827ft

Heading from Upper Pisang after breakfast, we follow the route escorting to Ghyaru. The enticing views of the Annapurna chain, including Annapurna II, IV, Tilicho, and Pisang peaks energize us. The arid surroundings on the other hand foreshadow the upcoming tough journey through the cold and harsh climate. The trail is full of the side attractions of the antique monastery- Sher Monastery, Lophelling monastery, and Braga Monastery are some to name them. Walking ahead gradually, we reach the iconic town- of Manang, which is naturally gifted.  Overnight at Manang.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahosue
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude3,519m/11,546ft

We have some options to acclimatize, especially once we need to adapt to the alpine altitude. The most popular option is to hike to Gangapurna Lake and explore around. The enchanting scenery of Annapurna III, Pisang peak, Chulu Peak, and Tilicho peak appear dramatically. Alternatively, we can hike to the ice Lake or the Milarepa cave. After all, the hike is beneficial to breathe well and we don't struggle in alpine altitude walking higher.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahosue
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude3,519m/11,546ft

From Manang village, the trail crosses a stream, climbs to a village of Tenki, and continues to climb out of the Marshyangdi Valley turning northwest up the valley of Jarsang Khola. The trail follows this valley northward, passing a few pastures and a scrub of juniper trees, as it steadily gains elevation. The trail further passes near the small village of Ghunsa, a cluster of flat mud roofs just below the trailhead. Now the trail goes through meadows where horses and yaks graze. After crossing a small river on a wooden bridge, the trail passes an ancient old Mani wall in a pleasant meadow and then reaches another small village of Yak Kharka. Overnight at Yak Karka.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahosue
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude4,050m/14,275ft

A beautiful morning welcomes us to the wonderful setting of Yak Kharka. Having breakfast, we set out on our excursion with a gradual ascending to the ridge and climb down to the Riverside. Crossing a wooden bridge, again we climb up to the ridge via a sloppy route. The landscape is an isolated region, which is pretty much rugged, but outstanding. We reach Thorong Phedi after heading down and taking a rest. We have lunch, take a rest and walk around to prepare for a big day tomorrow. Overnight in Thorang Phedi.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahosue
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude4,525m/14,525ft

We rise early and begin our ascent. We take the path slowly, one step at a time until we reach the Annapurna Circuit’s highest point, the Thorang La, at a breathtaking 5416m high. The pass summit is quite broad and opens up to reveal an incredible, sweeping panorama of snow-capped peaks extending towards Tibet. Looking back to where we have come offers views of the Annapurna’s. Descending and directly in front of us is the impressive chasm of the Kali Gandaki, the deepest gorge in the world. The descent is long, starting gently, but increasing in steepness, following a series of switchbacks leading to the grassy slopes and holy town of Muktinath(3,760m/12,623ft). Muktinath is surrounded by rugged mountain landscapes and with unparalleled views of Dhaulagiri (8167m), the world’s 7th highest mountain. Overnight in Muktinath.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahosue
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude5,416 m/17,756 ft

People visit the Muktinath temple in the morning. It takes about 20 minutes to climb up to the temple, where you can have a holy bath on 108 water sprouts and in two holy ponds. The Himalayan surrounding looks charismatic. Paying homage, we return to the hotel and have breakfast. Then we take a downhill walk through some of the antique settlements. While heading ahead, we encounter a traditional settlement of Kagbeni, which is a gateway to the Upper Mustang. We stop for the lunch at this point. Then we follow the Kali Gandaki River back, reach Jomsom (the district center of Mustang), and explore the town, we walk further to Marpha, a village also known as the apple orchard. Overnight at Marpha.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahosue
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude2,670m/8,760ft

It's great to explore around Marpha and the apple orchard in this beautiful and antique town. Even the monasteries are great attractions. Then we set out for the usual trekking following the bank of the Kali Gandaki River. We walk continuously through the wide trail and reach Tukuche, where a giant apple farm allure you. Apple from Mustang is regarded as high quality. Heading further, the route is wide and ideal through the eye-catching landscape. We reach Kobang for lunch and take a rest for a while. After lunch, the routine repeats via Larjung and Thak Khola Gaun. We stretch the hike up to Kalopani and take a rest. You can explore the cultural Thakali museum and Dhaulagiri Technical School at this place. Overnight at Kalopani.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahosue
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude2,530m/8,301ft

After breakfast, we commence our journey via Lete, which is another impressive village with beautiful lodges. Exploring beautiful farming sites, we reach Ghasa, which is a border part of the Mustang and Annapurna region. We make a check-in at the counter and trek ahead via Kabre, which is a jaw-dropping part for the hikers and drivers on this route with a rock-falling landscape. We continue our trek after having lunch and exploring Rupse waterfall, which is one of the most delightful attractions on this trip. Then we walk continually till we reach Tatopani. It is a place, where one can get refreshed by taking a natural hot spring bath.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahosue
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude1,200m/3,937ft

We leave the Kali Gandaki and head up the Ghar Khola valley. The trail leads us through a terraced farmland with mountains all around. We pass through the villages of Shikha and Chitre before reaching a beautiful rhododendron forest. When in bloom the rhododendron trees with their average height of up to 100″ will be covered with pink or red flowers. Walking further we reach Ghorepani, a beautiful village located at a ridge top. Overnight in Ghorepani.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahosue
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude2,860m/9,385 ft

We'll be up before dawn today, but with good reason: our day kicks off with an excursion to Poon Hill and an indescribably wonderful panorama of three Himalayan peaks (Dhaulagiri I, Annapurna I, and Manalsu) illuminated by the glowing rays of sunrise. From here, we'll also be treated to views of the 6,000m-deep Kali Gandaki Gorge and the visual border of Nepal and Tibet as divided by the trans-Himalayan ranges. The last walk of our trek is an easy one as we stroll downhill from Tikhedhunga to Nayapul. Here, our trek officially ends. We'll load our tired feet into a taxi and an hour away to gorgeous Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast, and Lunch
  • Max. Altitude827m/2,713ft

We fly to Kathmandu in the afternoon. After arriving in Kathmandu, we will be escorted to our hotel. We enjoy the day leisurely or catch up on some last-minute shopping or explore any landmarks we missed during our first day in Kathmandu. To celebrate the successful completion of our journey, we will have a farewell dinner in the evening. Overnight in Kathmandu.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast and farewell Dinner
  • Max. Altitude1.300m

Our Annapurna Circuit Trek 17 Days ends here. A representative from the Adventure Club Trek will accompany you and see you off at Tribhuvan International airport a few hours before the scheduled flight to your home.

Note: If you still have a few days after the trekking schedule, you might be interested to experience other adventurous activities like jungle safariRafting, Bungee jumping, and paragliding. You may contact the Adventure Club Trek for the arrangement.

  • MealsBreakfast

Note:Your safety is of the utmost concern whilst you are traveling with Adventure Club Trek. We will make every effort possible to follow the original itinerary but we reserve the right to change that itinerary if a segment of it becomes a safety issue. Certain mountain regions are remote, natural disasters can happen, weather conditions can decline and there can be illness or an injury. To avoid dangerous situations we may occasionally have to make changes to the itinerary to ensure everyone’s safety. That having been said, Adventure Club Trek will strive to provide you with the best possible trekking experience and to keep your safety our number one priority. We thank you for your understanding.

Trip Map

Annapurna Circuit Trek 17 Days map

Cost Details

Price Includes

  • Arrival and Departure transfer by private tourist vehicle.
  • Standard twin sharing Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast as per the itinerary.
  • Best available twin sharing guesthouse accommodation during the trek
  • Surface transfer from Kathmandu – to Beshisahar by private vehicles and from Beshisahar to Synge/Jagat by local jeep
  • Welcome and farewell dinner.
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek
  • Government licensed; English speaking guide trained in wilderness first aid
  • Porters to carry your luggage during the trek (1 porter for 2 trekkers)
  • Assistant trekking guides walk with the group to support as necessary
  • Staff costs including their, Food, salary, accommodation, transportation and medicine.
  • Insurance covers all staff, including porters as per state law.
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag (to be returned after trip completion).
  • Annapurna Conservation Park permits and TIMS permit for trekking.
  • Complimentary Adventure Club Trek T-shirt, and trekking map
  • Duffel bag for trekking
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
  • Travel and rescue arrangement
  • All Government and Local taxes

Price Excludes

  • Nepal visa (USD 30 for 15 days and USD 50 for 30 days and US$125 for 90 days)
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • International air fares/flights (fares and flights can be arranged upon the request)
  • Personal expenses (alcoholic drinks, bottled water, cold drinks)
  • Personal travel insurance and medical bills
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • Tips for guides, porters, and drivers (tipping is expected, but it is not mandatory)

Date & Prices

     
Start DateStart: WednesdayOctober 05, 2022End DateEnd: SaturdayOctober 22, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $1289
Start DateStart: SaturdayOctober 08, 2022End DateEnd: TuesdayOctober 25, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $1289
Start DateStart: TuesdayOctober 11, 2022End DateEnd: FridayOctober 28, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $1289
Start DateStart: FridayOctober 14, 2022End DateEnd: MondayOctober 31, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $1289
Start DateStart: MondayOctober 17, 2022End DateEnd: ThursdayNovember 03, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $1289
Start DateStart: ThursdayOctober 20, 2022End DateEnd: SundayNovember 06, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $1289
Start DateStart: SundayOctober 23, 2022End DateEnd: WednesdayNovember 09, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $1289
Start DateStart: WednesdayOctober 26, 2022End DateEnd: SaturdayNovember 12, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $1289
Start DateStart: SaturdayOctober 29, 2022End DateEnd: TuesdayNovember 15, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $1289

The Published dates are guaranteed departures. If the scheduled dates are not suitable for you, we will be happy to create our trips to suit your needs. Let us know what kind of trip you are looking for, and our travel experts will help customize your dream destination.

Useful Info

Meals 

All meals — breakfast, lunch, and dinner — will be provided during the trek, and breakfast will only be provided in Kathmandu and Pokhara. We host welcome and farewell dinners for our guests. During the trek, we have breakfast and dinner at tea-houses or lodges where we spend nights while there will be lunch at tea-houses on the way. You have the option to choose from Nepali, continental, Tibetan, and Indian cuisines. As we take care of our guests, we ensure that you are getting healthy food. We prioritize locally produced organic food and also provide you with seasonable fruits. During the climbing session, hygienic, freshly-cooked food will be provided.

Note: If you are a vegetarian, let us know in advance so that we could make proper arrangements for food as per your wish during the trek 

Accommodations 

You will be accommodated in a three-star standard hotel in Kathmandu, Pokhara, and the best available teahouses during the trek. All accommodations are on a twin-shared basis. A single supplement will be served on request and will cost an additional. Please note that since you will be trekking in remote regions, the services in the teahouses/guesthouse will be pretty basic. We will try our best to arrange rooms with attached washrooms; however, teahouses in some places do not have attached bathrooms.

Drinking-Water

Adventure Club provides all the meals on the trek but doesn't provide water. The best option is to treat the local water either with chlorine/iodine tablets or use a steripen. The tea houses will give you good quality free water and, you can also get along the trail but, you will need to treat it. If you are using the tablets make sure they dissolve completely (about 30 mins). On most treks, you can buy mineral water along the trail. A liter of mineral water at lower elevation tea houses costs around USD 1 but at higher elevations can cost up to $4 so the cost can add up.

Acclimatization And High Altitude Sickness 

The acclimatization planned during the trip helps trekkers adapt to the environment with less oxygen. Our body needs time to adjust to the higher altitudes. Rushing to the higher elevation without acclimatization may result in acute mountain sickness (AMS) which could be fatal. The trekkers may suffer from AMS above 2,400m/7,875ft as the amount of oxygen becomes less and less with the increase in elevation.

We can categorize AMS into three categories with its symptoms. The trekker suffering from normal AMS feels giddy, gets headache, Nausea, and is out of breath, and is suggested not to worry as it disappears after the body gets used to less amount of oxygen. Likewise, trekkers suffering from mild AMS show symptoms of dizziness, muscular pain, insomnia, headache, vomit, loss of appetite, rapid heartbeat, and shortness of breath. Mild AMS can be treated with anti-headache medicines. A person suffering from serious AMS shows heightened symptoms including shortness of breath even while taking rest. The trekker with serious symptoms can barely walk and fluids may start building up in the lungs. The trekker having serious AMS has to be taken to the lower altitude immediately.

Advanced cases of AMS

If AMS is not treated in time, it can be life-threatening and lead to edema, a condition in which fluid is accumulated in the tissues of the body. Following are the two serious altitude sicknesses caused at high altitudes.

High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE)

In HACE, the brain gets swollen which can lead to coma and even death. Its symptoms are paralysis on one side of the body, bladder dysfunction, fatigue, bowel dysfunction, loss of coordination, and confusion. Descend to a lower altitude as soon as possible to prevent the worsening of the condition.

High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE)

Fluid is accumulated in the lungs which also increases the capillary pressure. Its symptoms include severe shortness of breath at rest, dry cough that later leads to producing pink frothy sputum, and fatigue. Important Note: Severe cases of AMS are pretty rare. All our guides at the Adventure Club Trek, are aware of the symptoms of AMS and can handle it with care. We prioritize acclimatization, talk about the use of Diamox beforehand and counsel all our trekkers on the risk and preventive factors before and during the trip. Your safety is our main concern.

First-Aid Kit

Our guides and porters are equipped with a basic first-aid kit during regular treks. For expeditions that take on the isolated and off the beaten trekking paths, a comprehensive first-aid kit is compulsory, the same goes for climbing expeditions as well.

  •  A bandage in case of sprains.
  • Plasters/ Band-aids and antiseptic ointments for simple cuts
  • Iodine or water filter (optional) instead of buying bottled mineral water
  •  Moleskin/Second skin in case of blisters.
  •  Aspirin/Paracetamol -painkiller.
  • Oral rehydration salts-Nava Jeevan or Jeevan Jal (orange-flavored ORS)
  •  The broad-spectrum antibiotic (norfloxacin or ciprofloxacin).
  • Anti-diarrhea medication (antibiotic).
  •  Diarrheal stopper (Imodium - optional).
  • Diamox 250/500mg (for altitude sickness).
  • Gel hand cleaner/sanitizer.

Note: We can add medical supplies as per the special needs of the trekkers to the first-aid kit given above.

Equipment And Packing List 

We recommend that you bring the items to the list below. If your trek is longer or shorter than that, appropriate adjustments can be made, reflect the specific requirements, season, and length of the trip. The items marked with an asterisk (*) will be provided by Adventure Club Trek at no additional cost. You are welcome to use your own such articles if you already have them and prefer your own. Many of the trekking items can be bought cheaply in the Thamel neighborhood of Kathmandu; quality will vary, with the items imported from China often being of higher quality. There are also several high-end shops in Kathmandu which carry well-known brands. Since your pack will be carried by our porters, please remember the weight limit is 20kg (40 lbs since there is nothing there but some prayer flags. Also, please note that you did not send me any list of gear.

* The Adventure Club Trek will lend each trekker a set of down Jackets, sleeping bags,s and duffle bags.

* Our main guide, trained in wilderness first aid, will carry a comprehensive medical kit.

Important Documents And Items 

  • Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets.
  • Dollars, pounds, or Euros in cash for purchasing a Nepali visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and purchasing your own drinks and gifts.
  • Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc.

HEAD

  • Bandana or headscarf, also useful for dusty conditions
  • Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
  • Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Prescription sunglasses (if required)

UPPER BODY

  • Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down vest and/or jacket *
  • Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable

LOWER BODY

  • non-cotton underwear briefs
  • 1 pair of Hiking shorts
  • 1 pair of hiking trousers
  • 1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
  • 1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers
  • 1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric

FEET

  •  2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
  • 2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
  • 1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water-resistant, ankle support, “broken-in”)
  • 1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
  •  Cotton socks (optional)
  • Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version

HANDS

  •  pair of lightweight poly-liner gloves.
  • 1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves
  • 1 pair of mittens, consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal)

TOILETRIES 

  • 1 medium-sized quick-drying towel
  • Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
  •  Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
  •  Deodorants
  •  Nail clippers
  • Face and body moisturizer
  •  Female hygiene products
  •  Small mirror
  • Personal Hygiene
  •  Wet wipes (baby wipes)
  •  Tissue /toilet roll
  • Anti-bacterial handwash

SLEEPING 

  • 1 sleeping bag (good to -10 degrees C or 14 degrees F)*
  • Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)
  •  Rucksack and Travel Bags
  •  medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carryon)
  •  large duffel bag *
  •  A small daypack/backpack for carrying your valuables should have good shoulder padding
  • Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
  • 2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)

Medical

  • Small, personal first-aid kit. (Simple and light)
  • Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
  • Anti-diarrhea pills
  • Anti-headache pills
  •  Cough and/or cold medicine
  • Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylpolyamine
  • Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are respiratory depressants.
  •  Water purification tablets or the water filter
  • Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies
  • Extras/Luxuries
  •  Reading book
  • Trail map/guide book
  • Journal and pen
  •  Binoculars (optional)
  • Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
  •  Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)

Visa And Entry Procedure 

Everyone needs a visa to enter Nepal except Indian nationals. Citizens of the SAARC nations like Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Bhutan do not require visass for a period of 30 days. Fortunately, getting a Nepal visa is an easy process. Tourist visas are issued on arrival at the international airport and official overland entry points. However, travelers from Afghanistan, Iraq, Cameroon, Ghana, Somalia, Swaziland, Senegal, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Ethiopia, and Liberia are not issued visas on arrival. After you arrive at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will find electronic kiosks that will assist your visa processing. Taking the completed form and paying the visa fee, you need to stay in the long immigration queue for your visa on arrival.

Visitors can now apply for online visa within15 days of their arrival date in Nepal. For this, you will need your Nepal hotel address and a digital passport-sized photo that needs to be uploaded to the online application. After submitting the form online, you need to print out the confirmation page which has to be furnished at the immigration section in Kathmandu airport along with your passport and the required visa fee. You can apply for your online Nepal visa here.

Tourists can also apply for a Nepali visa at the local Nepali Embassy or Consulate located in their respective countries. Or, they can even mail their visa application to the visa office near their location, but well ahead of time to allow sufficient processing time. Nepal visa information for all categories of travelers and their correspondence cost can be very handy, so for more information and contact details of the Nepali Embassies and Consulate around the world, you may CLICK HERE.

Whichever way you enter Nepal, you will be given a 15/30/90 day visa as per your requirement. The general Nepal tourist visa fee on arrival for multiple entries is:

15 days – US$30, 30 days – US$50, and 90days – US$125

Tourist visas can be extended for a maximum of 150 days in a year and these extensions are granted only at the department of immigration offices at Pokhara and Kathmandu. For more information on Nepal visas, visit our visa information page.

Our Trekking Guides/Leaders 

Here at Adventure Club, our staff is like family. We only use locals to support their communities and we train our staff rigorously to be the best they can be – for you! 

  •  Full first aid training
  • Guide Training (trekking)
  • English and other common languages (as requested) 
  • Village and land Conservation 
  • Mountaineering (for specialty expedition or climbing treks)

All our guides are carefully trained for leadership as good leadership is vital for your trek to be enjoyable, safe, and successful. Most of our guides grew up in Sherpa country or other mountainous parts of Nepal. Their pride in their region shows itself in the way they lead treks and interface with you. 

Porters Care

On any team, courtesy and respect are fundamental for an enjoyable and worthwhile experience. Our porters are an essential, integral part of each trekking team, and as such, they are well-treated and well-paid. At the conclusion of your trek, we believe you will find that they have fully earned your gratitude and respect. We do expect all trekkers to keep the weight of their baggage under 22kgs/40lbs. Adventure Club Trek maintains a full commitment to the rights of our porters, providing them with appropriate clothing, gear, and lodging. In case of serious accident or sickness, they receive the same care as anyone else employed on the trekking team, even including evacuation by helicopter at our expense if appropriate. We fully support the IPPG (International Porter Protection Group), which strives to maintain and improve our porter's working conditions.

Experience Required 

The Annapurna circuit route is the longest route in this region and is a complete circling of the Annapurna massif. Comparatively, it is considered to be harder and longer in duration than the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. It is because hikers will be walking across the high-altitude Thorong La Pass at 5,416m (17,764ft.). Besides the altitude, what really makes this trek hard are the steep climbs and long distances along with pared-down amenities. The route usually remains closed during the winter season due to the heavy snow accumulation on the trails. As it is a long trek, you need to be in the great shape of physical fitness so that you can walk for at least 5 to 7 hours each day. Even beginners can do this trek provided that they train themselves at least 3 months prior to the trek. Cycling, swimming, acrobatics, hiking, jogging, and cardiovascular exercises are some ways to get your body trained for a successful journey in the Himalayas.

Best Time to Travel 

Autumn (Sept -Nov) and Spring (March-May) are the best seasons for the Annapurna Base Camp. The weather is sunny and warm with outstanding views. Trekking in Summer or Monsoon (July to Aug) will be affected by rain but a summer trek could be a boon for a keen botanist.

Travel Insurance 

To be adequately protected in terms of insurance, you will need specialist travel insurance for participation in hazardous activities. A travel insurance policy that covers helicopter evacuation, trip cancellation, injury, death, lost baggage, theft, liability, medical treatment, and expenses is strongly recommended. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal such as trekking and climbing. If you are injured and unable to travel, you can ask for a rescue helicopter from a remote area only if you have definite proof you can pay for it. Adventure Club Trek has an agreement in Kathmandu that guarantees payment for helicopter evacuations. They pay a cash deposit to the helicopter operator and collect the money from you once you have been rescued. Be sure your policy specifically covers mountaineering or alpinism or you may have a difficult time settling a claim.

Electricity, WIFI, And Battery Recharge 

During the trek, electricity is available at all the teahouses where you will spend the night. You can recharge your phones, laptop, or iPads from micro-hydropower and solar panels by paying a nominal charge. Regarding Wi-Fi, there are no free hotspots along the trekking trail, so we do not encourage carrying your laptop. Some teahouses do offer paid Wi-Fi services on an hourly basis but don’t expect high-speed connectivity on the remote trails.

Communication 

On the Annapurna Circuit Trek in Nepal, the internet service will be available at lodges with some extra service charge. You can contact your family and friends from the guesthouses, but as we reach higher altitudes, the communication will be through the phone for safety purposes. We communicate with all our valuable clients through the team leader at least once a day to make sure you are fine and enjoying the trip. The Adventure Club Trek office in Kathmandu will constantly be in touch with you for the help you may need during the trek. Depending on the network you use, there could be a poor signal to network before the high altitude. Upon your request, we can provide you with a separate local sim card to better the network. Many places have WIFI service available at an extra cost.

Group Size And Team Composition 

We always try to form a small group of like-minded people to give them a wonderful and perceptive travel experience. It provides opportunities to interact and share with each other in a fun-filled environment when out in the wilderness. Generally, our travel group comprises a maximum of 14 members. We need at least two participants to run our fixed departure dates. For private trips, the number of group members do not apply. We always strive to form a team ensuring that the members are comfortable with one another.

Tipping 

Tipping is not mandatory in Nepal as most services include a service charge. However, if you want to express your gratitude, you are free to offer a tip to drivers, and hotel staff among others. People usually welcome such generosity. When it comes to tipping your porters or trekking leaders, use your discretion as per the quality of the services. Tip money does not form a part of our employees’ wages. However, you can use tipping as a way of showing appreciation for excellent service at the end of the trip.

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