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Annapurna Circuit Trek-21 days

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2014-04-07

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We no doubt recommend Advanced Adventures to anyone willing to go trekking in Nepal.

We are just back from a 12 days trek on the Annapurna Circuit, from Besi Sahar to Jomsom, and we absolutely loved it. We arrived in Nepal without...

Trip Introduction
"Do not be an introvert in such a Once in a Life Time trek, exploring adventure options is a highly rewarding experience."

The Annapurna Circuit trek has become most popular spectacular trekking routes in the world with lush green valleys and historical villages, which offer impressive snow-capped views of the white Himalayas with flabbergasting images of pastoral life since it has been opened to foreign trekkers in 1977. You will have opportunity to explore the Himalayas from bottom to top and from various perspectives as its   Starting from less than 1,000 meters. To grab the sublime pleasure, this magnificent trek leads you towards the fine village, which is inhabited by a wide diversity of people from different ethnic groups. Thorong La pass is the highest point of Annapurna Circuit trek, which is at the top of the valley at 5,416 m. There are some haphazard to crossing the pass, the circuit is usually walked in a counter-clockwise direction.

Annapurna Circuit trek is an entire round trek of Annapurna range, covering 300km of walking through lush green forests, culturally rich villages, majestic mountains and miles of snow. Beginning from the hilly region of Besisahar, the trek passes through the culturally opulent villages like Pisang and Manang, climbs up across the highest pass in the world- Thorong-La Pass (5,416m/17,764ft) and slides down to the Apple Orchard Jomsom, via Muktinath. The qualities that one can enjoy from this trek ranges from exploring the natural and cultural wonders, observing tribal lifestyles and sightings of rare flora and fauna of the Great Himalaya region. Dominated by high hills and mountains with most of the parts still inaccessible, Annapurna Circuit trek follows the ancient but beaten path used as trade route between Nepal and Tibet in ancient times, mainly for trading "Salt."

The fantastic Embark of Annapurna Circuit Trek (Thorong La Pass (5,416m/17,769ft) leads the world's deepest Kali Gandaki gorge with Annapurna I rising to 8091 m to the east and Dhaulagiri hovering at 8167 m to the west. To have the impressive observation of Manang, Jomsom ,Muktinath region and diverse Nepalese landscape and culture Annapurna Circuit Trek is good option for worldwide travelers.

Longing to circle Annapurna massif this is one of the longest trek. If you are seeking shorter trek in the same route then Annapurna panorama trek   is ideal. We also have Annapurna Extreme Trek 19 day/s. This is one of the popular trekking peaks, which rises above Pisang village of Annapurna conservation area, and lush green Yak pastures in a uniform slope of ice and snow to the final pyramid like summit.


Trip Highlights

* The typical trail of trekking in Nepal, that goes up and down the rolling hills so many times like the waves in a ocean. Moreover, the trails of Annapurna Circuit Trek also cater an opportunity to tread along the gorges of Marsyangdi River.
* The authentic culture of diverse ethnical tribes living on the trails of famous Round Annapurna Trek. The major and the unique cultures trekkers get to encounter is of of Gurungs, Thakalis and Marphas.
* The challenge of getting across Throng La Pass 5416m, which is a strenuous walk uphill on the rock strewn trail.
* The panorama of Himalayan giants dominated by Annapurna to the north and the deep Marsyangdi Valley to the south.
* The floral and faunal biodiversity of Annapurna Conservation Area Project.
* The common pilgrimage of Buddhists, Hindus, Jains and the ancient Bon-Po religions, Muktinath.
* One can also enjoy unusually wide range of climatic zones and varying altitudes in such a small area. 
* Jomsom, the windy city of Nepal also known as Apple Orchard and the deepest gorge in the world Kali Gandaki Gorge are the highlights of latter half of the trek.
* An opportunity to sight the Kali Gandaki River Valley civilization, which is one of the oldest civilizations in Nepal.


Basic Physical Condition & Experience Requirements
If you have, the extreme ability to walk around 5-7 hours a day with a light rucksack and passionate feeling, this trek will be highly suitable as this is moderate trek. It is fact that having walk in higher altitudes is definitely more physically demanding than walking in lower altitudes. Therefore, you need to be prepared to adjust in the high altitude. Advanced Adventures Kindly request to all the clients to prepare themselves for the Annapurna Circuit Trek-21 Days by jogging and exercising regularly at least 3 month prior to the start of the trek. If you have the subtle experiences on walking /trekking in high altitude environment this trek will be really easier. Your Past hiking experiences may be worthy but you need special technical skill for this trek. To accomplish the trek you should have excellent health with average physical fitness, positive attitude, self-confidence and strong determination. If you have pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood diseases please kindly inform us before booking the trip. We are highly conscious about your health and safety.


Customize Your Own Trek !

This trek itinerary provided here is a standard itinerary prepared to this trip but if you want to customize your own itinerary for this trekking adventure at your timeline and interest, do write us, and we will be very pleased to customize this trek to your need. We are more than happy to customize this trip to your requirements. 


Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival Day in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)-D
Day 02: Half day Guided city tours of Kathmandu and Trek Preparation-B
Day 03: Kathmandu- Besisahar, 800m/2624ft. & Trek to Khudi. 6-7 hrs drive and one hour walking.-B/L/D
Day 04: Khudi to Sirung (2200m/7216 ft): 6 - 7 hours-B/L/D
Day 05: Sirung to Jagat (1,300m/4265ft): 6 - 7 hours-B/L/D
Day 06: Jagat to Dharapani (1,960m/6,430ft): 7-8 hours-B/L/D
Day 07: Dharapani to Chame (2,710m/8,891ft): 5 - 6 hours-B/L/D
Day 08: Chame to Pisang (3,300m/10824ft): 5 - 6 hours-B/L/D
Day 09: Pisang to Manang : 6 - 7 hours-B/L/D
Day 10: Manang: Acclimatization day.Having full day cultural and natural views of local areas.
Day 11: Manang to Yak Kharka (4,110m/13,484ft): 3 - 4 hours-B/L/D
Day 12: Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4,600m/15,092ft): 3 - 4 hours-B/L/D
Day 13: Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3,800m/12,467ft) via Thorong La pass (5416m/17764ft): 7 - 8 hours-B/L/D
Day 14: Muktinath to Marpha (2,670m/8,760ft): 4 - 5 hours-B/L/D
Day 15: Marpha to Kalopani (2,530 m/8,300 ft): 5 - 6 hours-B/L/D
Day 16: Kalopani to Tatopani (1,200m/3,937ft): 6 - 7 hours-B/L/D
Day 17: Tatopani to Ghorepani (2,850m/9,350ft): 7 - 8 hours-B/L/D
Day 18: Ghorepani to Poon Hill to Tadapani (2,700m/8,860ft): 6 - 7 hours-B/L/D
Day 19: Tadapani to Pokhara (850m/2,789ft) via Ghandruk: 5 - 6 hours trek, 1 hour drive-B/L/D
Day 20: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu: 5-6 hours -D
Day 21: Final departure-B

Important Trip Notes & Activities

Pleased acknowledge that you are joining us for the adventure trip in remote Himalayan region, where weather conditions, health and fitness of the member or unexpected natural disaster can compel us to change the itinerary and if so you have to understand it but we would try our best to keep the suggested itinerary as per the original schedule.

Your safety and satisfaction of the trip is our prime concern while traveling with us and we ensure you our best team, logistics, professional services to make sure that you would have an amazing trip of lifetime with us. Also note that our trip leader deserved the final decision if the trip has to amend, change the route or cancel due to the extreme conditions for the safety precaution. However, he will try his best to ensure that the trip runs as according to the stated plan but be prepared for flexibility if necessary.

Additional Information

Regarding this trip, we have attempted to provide enough information as we can via our website. Nevertheless, if you need any discussion regarding your time availability and others query please feels free to contact directly at +9779851040806 if you want to talk. Alternatively, please contact us via our email- sales@advadventures.com

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu Altitude: 1350m/4428ft
On arrival to Kathmandu; Advance Adventures representative will greet you at the airport and transfer you to our trip hotel. Later we meet and take you to our head office, brief your upcoming Annapurna Circuit Adventure with us and introduce our trekking guide. Evening, we host welcome dinner at one of the finest local restaurant with music and ethnic dance. Overnight Kathmandu.

Day 02: Half day Guided city tours of Kathmandu
Place we visit: Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath and Bouddhanath  

Today, we entirely explore at Kathmandu, the richest historical and cultural city of Nepal. It is very worthy seeing its amazing outlook. Thus we are taking you to the half day tour of Kathmandu Valley. The main touristic attraction of Kathmandu Valley, we visit are- Kathmandu durbar square (Historical Durbar Square), Monkey temple (Buddhist Stupa, a place where harmony of Nepal religion stays together), Bouddha (The Greatest Buddhist Stupa of the world, known as world peace stupa), Pashupatinath temple (Biggest Hindu Temple of Nepal, riverside, cremation place). Evening, we organize a short meeting again, it is a time to re-check your clothing and trekking equipment; organize your sleeping bag and down jacket etc. Ask us the remaining question of the trip you may have. Over night at Kathmandu.

Day 03: Kathmandu- Besisahar, 800m/2624ft. & Trek to Khudi
Altitude: 830m/2,723ft      Distance of walking: 6-7 hrs walks 

Drive to Besisahar via local highway, it is approx of 220 Kms, takes about 6 hours to reach this mountain town, from where our real adventure to Annapurna begins!
We will walk another a 2 hours via local villages, riverside walk, green lands onward to Khudi. Overnight at Khudi. Khudi offers the first glimpse of gorgeous Manaslu range mountains.

Day 04: Khudi- Ghermu
Altitude: 1150m/3,772 ft     Distance of walking: 5-6 hrs walks  

Today after breakfast, we will continue walking along with riverside, several suspension bridges involves crossing, today is an opportunity to explore with farming lands, enjoy with several waterfalls en route.
The walk onward leads to the big hill of Bahundanda, the first ascent, then walking becomes easier as we will mostly down onward to the village of Ghermu for overnight. You may explore hydro-electricity power station and the water falls as an evening excursion.oday after breakfast, we will continue walking along with riverside, several suspension bridges involves crossing, today is an opportunity to explore with farming lands, enjoy with several waterfalls en route.

Day 05: Ghermu- Taal
Altitude:1700m/5807 ft  Distance of walking: 6-7 hrs walks

We cross the Marshyangdi River to Syange then contunie our walking onward hill up gradually via sub-tropical forest till reaching to Chanje where we will have a lunch break. After here, we gradually walk down to the river again, cross the small wooden bridge then continue walking onward opposite hill, gradual up again.
The final trail leading up to Taal, an hour is demanding up, Taal uplift the gorgeous river valley, it is a great village at the riverbank, amazing peoples and its marking landscape. Overnight at Taal.

Day 06: Taal- Chame
Altitude: 2650m/ 8690ft Distance of walking: 3-4 hrs walks

Walking is again along with the Myarshyangdi Rivers ride for another 2 hours brings you to the village called Dharapani, from which is the villages that the trekking of Manaslu comes to meet at Annapurna. Another half an hour walking brings you to your lunch place at Danaque.
From here, we do have two ways to walk to Chame; Approx of 3 to 4 hours. We suggest the upper way, it involves an hour uphill but the views from after this is just amazing, the views of Annapurna is just unbelievable as it is on your level of eye. You can also follow the down trail, not much mountain views but walking is through the interesting riverside, pine forest. Overnight at Cham.

Day 07: Chame – Pisang
Altitude: 3,200m/10498ft Distance of walking: 5-6 hrs walks

Walking to Pisang, for the first half an hour, we walk easy and local areas, after Bhratang, walking involves with a steep and narrow path through a very dense forest, bring us to the dramatic curved rock face, rising 1500m from the river, pretty interesting walking here along with pine forest. Upon on reaching to the hill top, vegetation is ended, walking is straight and wide range of river valley starts. From here, the entire views of Annapurna Range are majestic, entirely surrounded. Pisang is really interesting village with riverside. Evening you can take a half an hour walk to Upper Mustang if you want. Overnight at Pisang.

Day 08: Pisang-Manang
Altitude: 3540m/ 11,614ft Distance of walking: 4-5 hrs walks

From Pisang, there are two routes to Manang, Upper Route & Lower Route. If you want to go through upper route (we recommend), the route through Upper Pisang via Geru, the sceneries are outstanding. It feels like we are horizontally in front of the majestic peaks. The panoramic views of the mountain peaks, such as Annapurna, Pisang peak, and several others will definitely allure us. We notice the contrast in the landscape and vegetation from today. The cold, dry climate creates a much harsher environment. We will retrace back to Braga village for the lunch, take a short look to Barge monastery, the largest Buddhist monastery of Manang village. Another half an hour brings us to the Manang for overnight.

Day 09: Manang: Rest & Acclimatize
Altitude: 3540m/ 11,614ft Acclimatization day

After a week walk, you must be pleased to have a relax day at Manang. A day, mainly for acclimatize, we have some recommended hikes for today as an acclimatization hike. Walk to Gangapurna Glacier Lake, and take an hour uphill to the tea stop at lap of Gangapurna, you would have a great overlook of Manang, and it’s surrounding villages. Either walk up hill above Manang onward to the cliff where there is 100 rupees BABA, he blesses you for the success of Thorong-la. Very interesting cliff gumpa here, views of entire Annapurna’s and Tilicho is on horizontal. Pretty Windy. Overnight at Manang.

Day 10: Manang – Yak Kharka
Altitude: 4,050m/3,444ft Distance of walking: 3-4 hrs walks  

Today we leave Manang; trail crosses a stream, climbs to a village of Tenki above Manang then continue through meadows where horses and yaks graze to reach yak Kharka. Overnight at Yak Kharka.

Day 11: Yak Kharka - Thorong Phedi
Altitude: 4450m/14,599ft Distance of walking: 3-4 hrs walks

Today, we are walking on the foot of the world highest pass, Thorong-la Phedi, it is a small busy settlement catering to the needs of trekkers who must have to overnight here before heading to the pass. It is like a base camp overnight before heading to the pass of 5416m. Peoples who are fit and want to shorten the hike of the nest day, they can hike up to high camp for another hour and half for overnight. However, we overnight at Thorong Phedi for the safe and sound sleep.

Day 12: Thorong Phedi – Thorong- La Top- Muktinath
Altitude: 3,800/12,467ft & Thorong-La 5,416m/17,765 ft Distance of walking: 7-8 hrs walks

The Ultimate destination of our Annapurna Circuit Trek! Cross to Thorong-la, 5416m- the highest passes of the world. Early start is essential thus we would start our walking in the morning approx of 4 to 4.30 depending on seasons and weather conditions. It takes about 4 to 5 hours to attempt the top, initial first hour is pretty tough as it is straight up hill till to high camp, then gradual walk onward, however, each minute is hard and memorable. Altitude can be a problem, so slow and continuous walking is required.

Reaching top is an achievement. The dramatic views of entire mountains are just amazing. Enjoy your time here then prepare for the long descend all the way down to Muktinath at altitude of 3800m, you would love to be back to this altitude as you doing a lot of ups and down. Muktinath is an important pilgrimage place for both Hindus and Buddhist. The area hosts a Vishnu temple and a Monastery nearby. Muktinath itself demonstrates the religions harmony in Nepal. Overnight at Muktinath.

Day 13: Muktinath-Marpha
Altitude: 2,670m/8,760ft Distance of walking: 6-7 hrs walks

We believed that you would have a late morning sleep, no problem! Breakfast at morning at 08: AM then slowly started the day walking. All the way down, deserted hills, takes 2 hours around to reach Kaligandaki River Valley then walking mostly through the river valley, cross Jomsom- the head quarter of Mustang, airplane ground is available to fly back to Pokhara. Another hour walking on sand bar with windy afternoon brings us to Marpha for overnight stay. Marpha village is a symbolic village of Mustang, all houses are attached to each other, once can round the village from the roof. 

Day 14: Marpha- Ghasa
Altitude: 2,120m/6,955ft Distance of walking: 6-7 hrs walks

Walking till to Kalopani is along with widen river valley, sands bar, required to cross Kali Gandaki river several times thus several suspension bridges involves! After Kalopani, the vegetation gets changed; we are again into the green and low valley. Walking till to Ghasa is via local sub tropical pine forest and into the narrow mountain valley. Ghasa is a interesting place as it lies between two big hills. Nice settlement of Thakali peoples. Overnight at Ghasa.

Day 15: Ghasa- Tatopani
Altitude: 1,200m/3937ft Distance of walking: 4-5 hrs walks

Pretty ward day today. Take a descent walk all the way to the Ruptse to Dana, cross the deepest valley of the world, busy settlement of local peoples, mixed ethnic peoples and cultures, walking all the way to Tatopani is almost the same. Tatopani is a great low land mountain village, looks like a mountain town. It has a great hot spring spot at riverside. Evening, visit to this natural hot spring place; relax with its natural heated water. Return back to hotel for overnight.

Day 16: Tatopani- Ghorepani
Altitude: 2,850m/9,350ft Distance of walking: 5-6 hrs walks

Today, we need to walk up again to the big hill, after walking easy riverside for 30 min, prepared to walk an hour hill up, hard work. While we walk, we observe the lifestyle of the people in the midland villages of Central Annapurna.  Ghara and Sikha are the villages with terraced and inclined farmlands. We gradually walk steep up to ascent Ghorepani. Passing through the Phalate and Chitre, we walking through a no-habitation area through rhododendron, brich, and magnolia and some meadows.

Ghorepani is the top of the hill; it has a amazing panorama of entire Annapurna range mountains view. It is an interesting blue roof top local houses village. Richest cultural and traditions of Poon who are the permanent inhabitant of this hill is one of the remarking things to see. Overnight at Ghorepani.

Day 17: Morning,  Hike to Pun Hill, Trek to Tadapani
Altitude: 3210m/10,531ft Distance of walking: 4-5 hrs walks

Morning, we start our hike up to Poon Hill, one of the panoramic view point of this Annapurna.  En-route offering the glimpse of aurora walking through the pleasant rhododendron forest. Pun hill named after the hill tribe Pun, inhabitants of Ghorepani/Shikha village. This is wide range of panoramic scenery from the far western Himalaya of Dolpo, Mt. Dhaulagiri, and Annapurna including Mt. Machhapuchre (Fish Tail) and all the way to Manasalu Himalayan range. It is picturesque Himalayan scenery and good memorable moments spending an hour to the top. After a great time return back to Ghorepani for breakfast and continue trek to onward destination, the walk passes through the Rhododendron, Pine and fir forest with up and downs hill and finally you will reaches at Tadapani for overnight at local teahouse. This is a great place surrounding by rhododendron forest with closest view of Mt. Fish Tail.

Day 18: Tadapani to Ghandruk
Altitude: 1,950m/6,397ft Distance of walking: 5-6 hrs walks

Enjoy with sunrise views of Mt. Annapurna south, Himchuli & Fishtail while having breakfast- these three mountains are very closed from Tadapani thus you would have the most amazing sunrise view of these mountains from here at this morning. Today walk is pleasant through the dense rhododendron hill. It is all descent downtill to Ghandruk. Ghandruk is one of the biggest local villages of this area; it is an impressive Gurung village. Explore remaining time with Gurung museum and local hillside.

Day 19: Ghandruk- Nayapul & drive back to Pokhara
Altitude: 820m/2700ft Distance of walking: 4-5 hrs walks
Distance of Drive: 1 hrs drive

Descend all the way to Modi River then the walk is pleasant most of the way following the River side till to Birethanthi and back to Nayapul. Our trek ends here and drives back to Pokhara lakeside for the overnight stop. Remaining time explore the surrounding lake side area and simply relax at the heart of Lake Town.  

Day 20: Pokhara- Kathmandu
Distance of driving: 5-6 hrs drives
 

After breakfast, we drive to back to Kathmandu by tourist bus and transfer to your hotel in Kathmandu. Refreshed up; evening we meet again, take a feedback of your trip. We host a farewell Dinner at one of the finest Nepalese restaurant. Over night at Kathmandu

Day 21: Departure from Kathmandu
Altitude: 1350m/4428ft 

Today the journey comes to an end. There's nothing to do but trade emails with your new friends, organize all your photos and finally depart from Nepal. Or get ready for the next adventure with us!

Price: US $1290 per person

What is Included?

  • All ground transportation in Kathmandu by private vehicle (Including airport pick and drop) 
  • 03 Nights twin sharing Deluxe accommodation in Kathmandu at Hotel Apsara Boutique on BB plan
  • Welcome dinner at one of the typical Nepalese restaurant- Traditional Dance & Music & Farewell Dinner at one of the finest restaurant in down town
  • Annapurna Conservation Areas Project (ACAP) Permits & Fees & TIMs card
  • Kathmandu to Besishahar transfer by avaiable public bus( 6 to 7 hours drive)
  • Annapurna Circuit Trekking on full board of meals (B, L, D, tea /coffee in cups only), seasonal fruits etc. 
  • Annapurna Circuit Trek accommodation in comfortable Mt. Lodges & Guest Houses on twin share- (Nights in Besishahar, Tal & Manang, Muktinath, Tatopani & Ghorepani will be in attached bathroom/hot shower)
  • Nayapul to Pokhara transfer by private vehicle( Trek Ending point)
  • 01 Nights twin share 3 star deluxe hotel in Pokhara with breakfast plan- Hotel Pokhara Batika or similar 
  • Pokhara- Kathmandu transfer by deluxe tourust bus (Lunch will be provided)
  • One Advanced Adventures Trek Leader (Gov. Licensed, first aid, altitude trained/experienced and eco trained), assistance leader/s in a group, their entire expenses, equipment and insurance 
  • One trek porter to carry trek luggage’s for every two trekkers in a group, all payment, trekking equipment and insurance 
  • Sleeping Bags and Down Jacket for Trek use (Need to return after trek), Trek Duffle Bag and T- shirt, Trekking Maps & Adventure Certificate 
  • Group Medicine kit Box, with Diamox- AMS Medicine 
  • All Gov. and local taxes as applicable 
  • Final departure transfer from Kathmandu to airport on your departure

What is Excluded?

  • Nepal Visa, International flights in/out Nepal 
  • Lunch & evening meals in Kathmandu & Pokhara (If any) 
  • Cost of beverages such as mineral water, coca cola, Beer etc., cost of battery charge, laundry etc. on trek 
  • Travel insurance (Must include Helicopter evacuation, Medical Exp. and trip cancellation) 
  • Personal trekking gears 
  • Personal nature expenses & Tips 
  • Any extending trips
All prices are in US dollars and do not include international airfare, unless otherwise noted.

We do have several departure dates for our trekking /climbing trips. Please find your convenient departure date from the below listed year and write us. Being as a Nepal based adventure travel Company, we do have permanent trekking set up in mountains so we are very much flexible for the departure dates for our every Himalayan trip. Please view our available group dates as stated and if the listed dates are not matching your expected time for this trip, write us with your personal date, we are happy to organize this trip to you as per your own selected date and we can open the same date for our group departure date.

Please Check Available Dates for The Year of:
Start Date Availability Price
25 February, 2018 Available US $1290 Book Now
28 February, 2018 Available US $1290 Book Now

Important Trip Notes & Activities
Pleased acknowledge that you are joining us for the adventure trip in remote Himalayan region, where weather conditions, health and fitness of the member or unexpected natural disaster can compel us to change the itinerary and if so you have to understand it but we would try our best to keep the suggested itinerary as per the original schedule.

Your safety and satisfaction of the trip is our prime concern while travelling with us and we ensure you our best team, logistics, professional services to make sure that you would have an amazing trip of lifetime with us. Also note that our trip leader deserved the final decision if the trip has to amend, change the route or cancel due to the extreme conditions for the safety precaution. However, he will try his best to ensure that the trip runs as according to the stated plan but be prepared for flexibility if necessary.

Passport & Visa Information
Nepal visa is the easiest visa to obtain; you may buy your Nepal visa at your nearest Nepalese Embassy/ Consulate or Mission offices abroad or buy this upon on arrival to Kathmandu international airport as per your convenient. You have to have 2 passport size photographs, Visa fees in US cash & valid passport at least for 6 months valid at the starting of the trip.

Nationals of SAARC countries and China do not need visa when visiting Nepal. As per this rule, Indian nationals do not require visa.

Transit visa is provided for foreign nationality for 3 days. Visa must be obtained for staying over the initial period of three days. Currently, foreign national can obtain Nepalese visa from the following border.

• Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu
• Kakarvitta, Jhapa (Eastern Nepal)
• Birganj, Parsa (Central Nepal)
• Kodari, Sindhupalchowk (Northern Border)
• Belhiya, Bhairahawa (Rupandehi, Western Nepal)
• Jamuna, Nepalgunj (Banke, Mid Western Nepal)
• Mohana, Dhangadhi (Kailali, Far Western Nepal)
• Gaddachauki, Mahendranagar (Kanchanpur, Far Western Nepal)

Tourist Visa Fees: 3 days transit visa - Free of Cost
Multiple entry 15 days - US$ 25 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry 30 days - US$ 40 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry 90 days - US$ 100 or equivalent convertible currency

(For further information, please, contact Department of Immigration, Maitighar, Impact Building, Kathmandu, and Tel: 00977-1-4221996 / 4223590 / 4222453,

Download visa form-: www.nepalimmigration.gov.np

Group Size
In this Annapurna Circuit Trek, the minimum group size would be two and maximum group size is ten or more on request. We can also organize private trip to solo person with single supplement cost. Else, join our estimated group departure dates available online or ask us with your personal dates, we will open group date on the same date.

Our Guides, Trip & Safety
Because these hikes take you on the remote Himalayan region, it is very essential that you are accompanied with the very experienced and qualified & equipped leader for the safe and successful trip. We Advanced Adventures employee the local trek guide and stuff who are trained and qualified on the trip we worked on. Our guides are trained and licensed from Nepal Gov, certify from TAAN & Nepal Mountaineering Association. All of our leading Trekking and Climbing Guide are experience from last 8 to 10 years. We have train them specially for your trip, to cater the flexible needs of our peoples in the group joining from different countries, this double assure you that your trip is at the right and professional hands.

At every trip, there would be our one Trek leader and one assistance leader on each additional 2 peoples on the trek- this arrangement would ensure that even if any of our guide/ assistance guides get sick or if any travelers gets sick and need to be back or delay the days of walking, it would still works smoothly and there would not be any impact on our original trek plan. Also each two trekker would have one Sherpa helper for carrying your trekking bags.

Acclimatization 
There is no way to prepare for altitude other than to spend time at altitude. Being in very good physical condition will help ameliorate some of the exhaustion that people often feel, but it will not prevent altitude caused medical problems such as Acute Mountain Sickness. This itinerary is designed with a high degree of awareness of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) in mind and to ensure a comfortable and safe adventure trek in the Himalayas. Staying well hydrated and getting plenty of rest may help. 

The maximum elevation of this trek will be reached at Thorong la at altitude of 5416m above sea level. Obviously this altitude range is high, but as we would be e range of altitude, and we are hiking from the 820m to this altitude range with enough days of hiking en route, it is not considered a high risk zone for AMS. However, AMS could affect to the peoples indifferently. 

Travel Insurance & Vaccination
You must obtain personal travel insurance to join us for our Himalayan trips. You must be having a travel insurance which must cover helicopter evacuation, trip cancellation and medical expenses. And it is suggested that you buy your insurance policy from you homeland country before traveling as it is difficult buying local travel insurance policy for foreigners in Nepal. 

Vaccination is required to plan to your trip to Nepal but it is not a must to have thing to come, but highly suggested. Your doctor will have the information of vaccination you would require to the country you will be traveling. 

Hepatitis A, Japanese Encephalitis, Polio, Rabies, Tetanus, Typhoid and Malaria etc. are the recommended vaccination for traveling to Nepal. 

Meals and Accommodations
While in Kathmandu and in Pokhara, your accommodation is at 3 star deluxe hotel that comfort your stays in city and while in trek, your accommodation is at Mt. Lodge and Guest House which is clean and comfortable. Our entire accommodation is at twin share unless stated but single supplement accommodation is also available on personal request at the additional cost of US$- 250.

In city, only breakfast is included on the offered trip itinerary but while in trek full board of meals is included (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner, and Tea- Coffee). We provide you food from the local tea- house/ Mt. Lodge from en route. Breakfast and dinner is to be provided from the same tea- house/ guest house we would overnight but lunch would be en route in between.

Foods provided are depends on the availability of the Mt. lodges we would be staying but in general, you can have Nepalese foods (Dal Bhat), Tibetan fried bread, various soups, Momo’s (steamed dumplings), potatoes, pastas and even a version of pizza! So, over all you have a different choice of food on trek.

Trekking Seasons
We do have two best seasons to attempt this trek to Annapurna Circuit Trek. We always suggest you to come at the right time of the year as far as possible to enjoy this trip at best weather condition. 

Spring: - (March, April, May) - Best warmest time to trek. Rhododendron flowers in bloom- excellent trails and clear skies, best visibility. Good Temperature, warmest weather of the year.

Autumn:- (Mid September, October and November) - Excellent trails, clear blue skies, best visibility. Best Time to Trek

Winter Months: - (December, January and February) are also good, but it’s obviously colder. You have to be prepared for this. It is up to you to plan this trek at this cold time or not.

Summer: - Monsoon, so rain and visibility can be a big issue (from Mid June, July and August). We do not suggest you this time for the trek.

Caring Porter
Our porter are fully equipped and insured for each trip they are undertaking with us. As you know that we are very sincere with the porter issues and their situation while on trek thus we make sure that our porter are fully prepared for the trip. We are closely working with International Porter Progress Association for the welfare and befit for the touristic porters. The maximum load carried by our porter is 20 to 25 KG maximum so be sure that your trekking bag so not load more than 12 KG.

To Book
Once you would choose which trip you would like to book with us, write us with the information or phone us on our phone number for the trip booking confirmation. We have online trip booking option, you may go on that link, choose your trip and date and follow the instruction with information required and summit us. Once your trip booking request would be received, we would suggest you the final trip booking procedure with advance payment of the trip. Non-refundable deposit of 20% (per person) is required to confirm a place on your selected adventure.

Please do not hesitate to contact us in relation to any questions you may have regarding our trip booking Process.

Bal Bahadur Tamang

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Bal Bahadur Tamang was born in Solukhumbu. After completing his eighth grade, he left his village and went to Jiri to work as a porter. His first experience as a porter was to carry a big sack of rice from Jiri to Lukla. He has carried as heavy as 110 kg of load on his back as a porter.

After working as a porter for some years, he met a trek company owner in Lukla and started working for them as a porter. He was later afforded the opportunity to work as a guide. He took the opportunity with both hands. As a guide, his first assignment was to lead two Canadian trekkers and an Australian trekker to the Everest Base Camp.

At present, he lives with his family in Kathmandu. He has a 12 years old son and a 7 years old daughter. He is very fond of the mountains. So much so that as soon as a trek concludes, he cannot wait for the other to begin so that he can be around the mountains again.

 his first assignment was a group of two trekkers from Canada and Australia whom he took to EBC…that being his first trip, it required him to ask a lot of questions to other fellow guides…he learnt a lot.

his family is now in Kathmandu….he has two kinds..a 12 yo son and a 7 yo daughter…and his wife…..when he is not on trek , all he does is wait for the next group to arrive so that he can go to the mountains.

He believes that it is important to give tourists a unique taste of places they visit- be it local animals or flora and fauna, celebrations or culinary experiences. He tries his best to always give the tourists a close view of the life in the Himalayas beyond just the majestic mountains.

Deepak Regmi

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Mr. Deepak is our qualified guide who have been trekking in Nepal with us for over 8 years. He is loyal, dedicated and honest guide who enjoy trekking himself and happy guiding his peoples. He is from Gorkha region, which is the route to the famous- Manaslu region trekking in Nepal. 

He has trekked over all the major trekking region in Nepal including, Everest, Annapurna, Manslu, Langtang and Upper Mustang. He is very friendly, and accommodating for guest interest so he is a perfect guide for solo trekkers to small groups. 

He is licensed and certify from Nepal Gov. Department of Tourism and Nepal Tourism Board as professioanl Trek guide for Nepal Himalyas. He has interest in travelling, photography, meeting new peoples and music.

 

Ishor Lamichhane

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Born in Burlang, Gorkha District, Ishwor first came to Kathmandu in 1999 to get enrolled in a college to complete his under-graduation.

It was during the final year of his under-graduation that he got into tourism to support his financial instability. A novice, he first went to the Annapurna Circuit as a porter carrying a 30 kg goods on his back. He did the same for half a dozen trips, An earnest man, he waspromoted to be the porter cum guide for Annapurna trek and later guided a trek to Everest Base Camp.

He lives with his family in Kathmandu. A family guy, he loves to cook at home and help with other household chores along with assisting his children with school assignments.

His friends call him a jolly fellow. He loves dancing to folk tunes...and occasionally sings during the recreational activities in trek. He says, "If we consider going to Everest Base Camp to trek, it is not just about Everest, the cultural and natural extravanza along the way is what make the trip special [...] The fun of the trek is not in the destination but in what you meet along that way…and in Nepal one meets a lot!"

He is a man of various stories and you can talk about a variety of topics with him.

Keshar Gurung

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Born and raised in Gorkha, Keshar Gurung has almost 15 years of experience in trekking. After completing his school in Gorkha, he came to Kathmandu and started studying in Kathmandu while continuing trekking as well. 

He was in search for a job to help him sustain in the capital when he got an opportunity to work as a porter for four German trekkers in Langang trek. The job was certainly not easy, provided him ample learning opportunities which he cherished.

His first trek as a guide was 30 days’ Annapurna Circuit Trek with a Spanish guest. He loves Everest Base Camp trek because showing Mt. Everest to his guests fills him with pride and happiness.

He lives with his wife and son in Kathmandu. He believes that tourists should come to Nepal because it offers diverse tourism opportunities. Mr. Gurung is serious on his assigned job, dedicated and ensure professonal services while he is in trekking with his clients. 

Rating :

2014-04-07

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We no doubt recommend Advanced Adventures to anyone willing to go trekking in Nepal.

We are just back from a 12 days trek on the Annapurna Circuit, from Besi Sahar to Jomsom, and we absolutely loved it. We arrived in Nepal without having booked our trek. We had looked what was on offer online though and liked Advanced Adventures website.

Once in Kathmandu we paid a visit to their office. That’s when we met Chet who really took the time to explain everything to us in detail and answered our questions. We booked our trek about a week ahead only and met with our guide, Iswor, before the trek.

It was just the two of us, and Ishow, and our porter, Bisnu, took really great care of us. We felt really safe and learned a lot of interesting things while walking. Accommodation and food were much better than we would have expected at such high altitudes. Needless to say that the views were breathtaking.

Mrs. Marina  and Mr. Tony - France
Annapurna Circuit Trek
 

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Meals Full board Meals on Trek/Breakfast in the City
Difficulty Fairly Challenging
Room Hotel/ Mt. Lodge & Guest Houses
Max Elevation 5,416m Thorang La Pass
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Group Size 2 - 10 Persons
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