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The Annapurna Circuit is a classic walking/trekking holiday in Nepal, often ranked as the best circuit trek in the world. The Annapurna Circuit trek is the longest trek in the Annapurna region. There are four regions that are passed through on the trek; Lamjung, Manang, Mustang and Myagdi. Lamjung and Myagdi are in the lower elevations and both are predominantly Hindu; with green subtropical valleys, villages and terraced farming. We begin from these lowland farms and climb the foothills until we reach alpine meadows. Next we will cross the classic Thorung La pass to take you to the infertile Tibet like land on the other slope of the Himalaya, to Mustang. This gives you a rare opportunity to experience a wide variety of landscapes, cultures, ethnicities as well as diverse flora and fauna in a single trek. And of course there are spectacular mountain views all along the route!
The Annapurna circuit trek starts from Benshisahar. Trekking along the Valley of Marshyangdi River the trek passes through hillside villages and forests. Next we reach exotic Manang village at 3500m. Manang is famous for its Buddhist culture, great Himalaya views and old monasteries. This Buddhist village (with monasteries hanging on cliff faces) has great mountain views that attract many adventurers. We walk slowly and acclimatize carefully as we cross the famous Thorung La pass at 5416m. on the tenth day of our trek and reach Muktinath. Muktinath is a popular Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimage site high in the mountains. Then we descend through enchanting Jharkot and the ancient Tibetan town of Kagbeni before we reach the dramatic Kaligandaki gorge, the deepest on the planet. The trek then precedes through the beautiful hillside villages of Marpha and Tukuche. Along the route the towering Dhaulagiri and Annapurna mountains will continuously capture your attention. Further down along ancient trade route to Tibet we can enjoy hot springs in Tatopani and climb the infamous ‘Poon Hill’ for great views of the Himalaya once more.
In this package, we have included 4 nights hotel in Kathmandu at 3 star hotels on BB plan, meals and accommodations during trekking, farewell dinner in Kathmandu, and all ground transportation by private car, an experienced guide and porter and all of the government taxes and necessary permits. If you wish to fly back from Pokhara there is a surcharge.
Day 1: Kathmandu arrival and transfer to your hotel:-
If there is time today you will also receive the trek briefing. If you are too tired we can do this on next day, overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 2: Kathmandu City Tour:-
You can view that itinerary in the “TOURS” page. Today you can also adjust to jet lag and complete the briefing if we didn’t accomplish that yesterday, overnight in Kathmandu
Day 03: Drive Kathmandu to Besi Shahar:-
Your guide will arrive at your hotel to pick you up after breakfast and we will drive to Besi Shahar (6hrs.) then make a short trek to Bhulbhule or stay in Besi Shahar tonight. It is about 185km to this region from Kathmandu; however the road from Kathmandu to Besi Shahar is very colorful in more ways than one! We follow the Trishuli River for the first 4 hours and next the Marshyangdi River. On the Trishuli River you will see some rafters enjoying the whitewater. When you get to Besi Shahar the scenery of the snowcapped mountains begins.
Day 04: Besi Shahar to Baundada (1430m):-
Your trek really starts today. The trail goes up-up-up to Khudi (a Gurung village), Bhulbhule and Ngadi. As we continue the trail offers beautiful views of Himalchuli and the melody of the Khudi River. We will reach our first day true destination Baundada. After apx. 6-hrs overnight here.
Day 05: Bahundanda to Chamje (1430m):-
Today our walk is apx . 6 hours & across rivers, under waterfalls and through some small villages. The trail climbs steeply up today; it’s more of a trek than a walk. We continue to the stone village of Jagat, located in the Marshyangdi valley. After Jagat the trail continues along some steep ups and downs to Chamje, through scenic forest. The landscape is of a somewhat different ‘nature’ at this point and the altitude of the mountains here begin to offer a different (dare I say) metaphysical experience.
Day 06: Chamje to Dharapani (1860m.):-
6 more hours walk today to Dharapani. We will follow a river crossing bridge and then pass through a small village named Tal. The steep path becomes a thing of the past at this point as the scenery becomes ever more spectacular. We will move at your pace of course if it becomes too fatiguing, overnight in Dharapani.
Day 07: Dharapani to Chame (2725m):-
Todays trail leads west now to Manaslu with superb scenery of Annapurna II becoming apparent to the south. As we continue the Annapurna range starts to open up to magnificent vistas, overnight in Chame. We will have trekked 6 hrs. today.
Day 08: Chame to Pisang (3100m):-
We follow a steep climb through the Bhratang eventually reaching Dhukur Pokhari. Some trekkers use a hiking pole for this kind of hike. I like to make my own hiking pole and whittle designs in it at night until it becomes a ‘masterpiece’ by the end (use a penknife to score the bark and peel off to reveal a design) of the trek. After lunch at Dhukur Pokhari we continue on to Pisang. The hike from Dhukur Pokhari to Pisang is very easy and flat with only two small climbs. We will crossed frozen waterfalls and pass great conifers. You can see the peak of Pisang along the way very clearly. This peak is used for training climbers in Nepal. The architecture now is distinctly Tibetan. There is Upper Pisang and Lower Pisang, they are 2 separate villages, overnight in Pisang. Today’s hike takes apx. 6 hrs.
Day 09: Pisang to Manang (3500m):-
The initial part of the hike from Pisang to Manang is relatively flat; however, there is a steep climb an hour before reaching Humde. The view after the climb is very rewarding with beautiful views of the valley with the mountains as a backdrop. The last hour of the hike to reach Humde from this high point is plateau. There is an airport at Humde with flights to Pokhara during tourist season. Finally we reach the lap of Himalaya Manang valley. Sheer beauty!, overnight in Manang.
Day 10: Acclimatization day at Manang (3500m):-
Today we spend in Manang village to acclimatize to the higher elevation en route to Thorung La. There are many opportunities (both easy and strenuous) for day trips from Manang. It’s possible to climb the ridge to the north for a view of Annapurna IV, Annapurna II and much more; or to descend from the village to the glacier lake at the foot of the huge icefall that drops from the northern sloops of Gangapurna. In the afternoon you may explore Manang village and take a small hike to the ‘100 Lama’s’ monastery, overnight in Manang again.
Day 11: Manang to Yak Kharka (4090m):-
This trek takes about 4 hours. After a day’s rest in Manang you will feel more energy to continue on. Homes here are made more of stone rather than wood. The house frames are wood supported by Yak skull and horns; appearing as ornamental but it was just simply practical (beautiful nonetheless). By afternoon we will reach Yak Kharka and have time to rest, overnight in Yak Kharka.
Day 12: Yak Kharka to Thorung Phedi (4420m):-
This trek also takes around 4 hours. Thorung Phedi is a small spot, busy with arrangements for tired trekkers. Mounting the trail, crossing the river, and climbing, we eventually make Thorung Phedi. Some people also try to hike to the High Camp so that the next day can be easier for them but we do not recommend it. It is your choice. We believe High Camp is too great a challenge with respect to the altitude change. Better to acclimatize overnight here at the bottom of Thorung La Pass with a beautiful view at breakfast!
Day 13: Thorung Phedi / Thorung La to Muktinath (3802m):-
Cross over Thorung La (5416m) then trek down to Muktinath (around 8 hours trekking). Today’s experience will be a lifelong memory crossing the Thorung La Pass. The journey starts early in the morning from Thorung Phedi. Several times you may feel like you can’t go on through the high-altitude, but you can as long as we pace ourselves properly. To say anything about what you will see today would be an understatement. Also ‘The Pass’ is marked by Chortens and prayer flags which will become magnificent imprints in your memory bank. We will arrive at Muktinath by evening about sunset. The temple at Muktinath is built in the pagoda style dedicated to Lord Vishnu. For Hindus, Muktinath is one of the most important places of pilgrimage, overnight here.
Day 14: Muktinath to Marpha (2670m, via Kagbeni – Jomsom):-
5 hours of trekking today in an atmosphere rich with oxygen! We begin our descent today. We will trek through the Kagbeni, which is also a famous pilgrimage for Hindus on the anniversaries of their parents passing. After Kagbeni we follow the Kaligandaki River and several hours later we reach Jomsom. Some trekkers end here and fly to Pokhara from Jomsom, or fly to Kathmandu if they are short on time. We usually continue our trail from Muktinath to Marpha. Marpha is also famous as the apple capital of Nepal where you can enjoy many different products made from apples. At this altitude go ahead and enjoy a famous apple brandy. Overnight in Marpha.
Day 15: Marpha to Kalopani (2670m-2480m):-
It takes 6 (gradual) hours down to Kalopani. The magnificent views of Dhaulagiri, Tukuche Peak, Nilgiri and Annapurna I are very memorable along this route. The valley opens up here at Kokhethanti and we continue our trail to Kalopani, overnight in Kalopani.
Day 16: Kalopani to Tatopani (1219m):-
It takes another 6 hours from Kalopani to Tatopani today. Most of the way is downhill. After crossing the bridge at Ghana we continue our trail down to Dana, but before arriving in Dana we see a beautiful water fall called Rupse Chahara. Keep going down the Kali Gandaki to the Tatopani, with its welcome hot springs and it makes your legs relax for you after many days walk.
Day 17: Tatopani to Ghorepani (2860m):-
8 hours trekking today. Walking through Ghara and Sikha is very different then Manang and Mustang; we start to see villages with patio farmlands. We walk a steep uphill to ascend Ghorepani. We continue the trek to Phalate and Chitre and in few hours reach Ghorepani where rhododendrons abound. The next morning we should wake up early to climb Poon Hill for sunrise. Overnight in Ghorepani.
Day 18: Ghorepani to Ghandruk (1951m):-
Early in the morning about 1 hour before sunrise we climb up to Poon Hill (3,210m) for an impressive sunrise over the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri massifs. Poon Hill is famous for sunrise enthusiasts. After Poon Hill we will trek 7 hours to our destination (we will stop for breakfast). We continue trekking to Tadapani through the rhododendron forests all the way down to Ghandruk. This is the second-largest Gurung village in Nepal, overnight in Ghandruk.
Day 19: Ghandruk to Pokhara (820m):-
Pokhara is the valley ‘floor’ at this point of Kathmandu valley. It takes 5 hours to reach Nayapul and then a 45min. drive private to Pokhara. Today is actually the end of the trekking portion of your visit. After many days hiking in the mountains, you feel almost metropolitan in Pokhara. Tonight you can visit the Lakeside District of Pokhara, overnight in Pokhara.
Day 20: Drive / Fly back to Kathmandu:-
It is a 6 hour drive or a 25 minutes flight back to Kathmandu or Combine with other trip from Pokhara like white water rafting or safari tour at Chitwan Park, Paragliding in Pokhara, sightseeing around Pokhara valley. The cost would be extra for rafting, safari, Paragliding, sightseeing, overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 21: Kathmandu:-
Today is a good day to regroup, pack, or do any last minute shopping. Mountain flight form Kathmandu, Mountain Bike in Kathmandu or more sightseeing around Kathmandu etc. The cost would be extra for mountain flight, mountain Bike & sightseeing etc. Tonight we will also have a celebratory dinner with your group and experience a Nepalese culture show. We will share stories, laughs and memories which we here at (ZANT) hope will last a lifetime (see client testimonials), overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 22: Departure:-
After breakfast we will arrange your transfer to Tribhuvan (Kathmandu) Int’l Airport KTM.
Note: – Above itinerary includes FB (Full Board) which is Accommodations, Breakfasts, Lunches and Dinners while on trek. BB plan (Bed and Breakfast while in Kathmandu). Drinks are not included but may be purchased along the way.
Above itinerary can be designed according to your preferences. Please let us know whether you would like to make it a shorter or longer trek. Also, if you would like to stay more than 22 days, we offer city guided tours of Kathmandu, white water rafting, jungle safaris or Everest mountain flights, Mountain bike tour.
For your information, you must stay two, two nights in Kathmandu before and after the trek. That is why we have included them. They are 3 star hotels. You may upgrade your accommodations for a surcharge.
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How can I enter in Nepal?
Nepal is a popular tourist destination in south Asia. Several airlines have direct and non-stop flights from Middle East and Asia to Kathmandu, Capital of Nepal. If you want to come by land, you will entry from China & India.
Is someone going to meet me at the airport? Are transfers included?
Yes, our Airport Representative will come to the airport to pick you up. We will be displaying a play card of Unique Path trekking company with your name on it. Airport transfer is included.
Do I have pre-departure meeting?
Yes, you do have pre departure meeting. Please, bring two copies passport size photos, photo copy of the passport and travel insurance while meeting.
What is our daily routine while in trekking?
We wake-up call at 7 am an early morning then order your breakfast & do your own refreshing
, dress up & repack your duffel bag and leave it with our Sherpas.
We are normally on the trail before 8 a.m. Trek at your own pace; all you need carry is a daypack and camera. Sherpa guides hike along to point out interesting flora, fauna and sights. Along the trail are spots to relax, purchase a snack or drinks, and use toilet facilities.
We will have lunch between 12:30 pm to 1:30pm afternoons. A typical day’s hike usually ends in the early afternoon about 3:30 pm to 4 pm. Time to read or nap before dinner.
After dinner there is time to play cards, reflect on all the wondrous moments of your day and talk about tomorrow plan.
What kind of accommodation can I expect in Kathmandu and in trekking?
We do provide 2-3 stars hotel in Kathmandu on BB plan and in trekking tea house (mountain lodge) in AP plan (accommodation, breakfast, lunch and dinner). Tea Houses (mountain lodge) are more like hotels, with hot showers, western food, and private rooms (twin sharing). In this arrangement overnight halt with dinner and breakfast will be same Tea-houses (Lodges) and lunches in local restaurants en-route. Freshly cooked food is served at all times (western, continental and Nepalese, Chinese, Indian and Tibetan meals are available in all places).
Furthermore as you will be staying in locally owned lodges you will be benefiting and interacting with the local community. It will give you a true feel for the Nepalese people and their lives.
Is there any communication while we are on trekking?
There are telephones service in all trekking routes and some place internet service in Everest, Annapurna and Langtang areas.
Can I re-charge camera batteries along the trek?
Yes, Most of the places, you can charge batteries along the trek (per hour USD 2-3 for charging).
What about water – are they available at each teahouse? I know we supposed to bring iodine tablets.
Regarding about the water, you can buy mineral water, boiled water or filter water during the trekking. If you are going to bring iodine tablets, it would be great.
What kind of meals I can have during the trip?
All Meals on full board basis will be provided during trekking. Freshly cooked food is served at all times (western, continental and Nepalese, Chinese, Indian and Tibetan meals are available in all places). Three meals a day will be provided.
Sample of the Menu at the tea house
Hot Drinks Black tea, Milk Tea, Lemon tea, Hot Lemon, Ginger Tea, Masala Tea, Jasmine Tea, Black Coffee, Milk Coffee, Hot Chocolate
Soup TomatoSoup, Vegetable Soup, Mushroom Soup, Chicken Soup, Chicken -, MushroomSoup, Onion Soup, Garlic Soup, Potato Soup, French Onion Soup, MixSoup( Veg, Chicken, Mushroom, Cheese), Noodle Soup, Egg-Veg-Noodle Soup
Potato Variety BoiledPotato, Fried Potato, Fried Potato with Veg., Fried Potato with eggTop, Fried Potato with cheese, veg & Egg, Potato Chips, French fry, Massed Potato, Potato bread
Delicious Noodle / Pasta DeliciousNoodle/Pasta, Fried Noodle plain, Fried Noodle with veg, Fried noodlewith Egg, Fried Noodle with Cheese, Mix Fried Noodle( Veg, Cheese,Chicken, Egg)
Italian Taste CheeseTomato Pizza, Cheese Veg Tomato Pizza, Salami Pizza, Mushroom Pizza,Tuna Piza, Mix Pizza, Spagatti Cheese, Macaroni Cheese, Lazani Cheese
Maxican Gourmet Chhese Bean Burrito, Cheese been Inchilada, Tacco
Indian Kitchen Indian Kitchen, Veg Curry with rice, Chicken Curry With Rice, Egg Curry With Rice, Chapati & potato Curry
Chinese Dine VegThukpa, Veg Egg, Chicken Thukpa, Chinese noodle, Tibetan Bread, VegMo:Mo, Chicken Mo:Mo, Mix Mo:Mo( Veg, Cheese, Egg), Fried Rice Plain,Chicken Fried Rice, Mushroom Fried rice, Veg Fried rice, Mix Fried Rice
Nepali Traditional Special Rice, Veg & Dal soup (serve with Picle, Papad , Salad)
Breakfast Boiled Egg, Fried Egg, Scrambled Egg, Poached Egg, Omlet plain, Veg Omlet, Cheese Omlet, Emlet Tomato, Potato Omlet Chapatiplain/jam/honey/butter, Toast Plain/Jam/Honey/Butter, TibetanBreadPlain/Jam/Honey/Butter, Musley fruit curd, Mushley With Milk orCurd, Corn Flask with Curd or Milk, Granola with Milk or Curd, Porridgewith Milk, Plain Porrige
From Bread Item Pancake plain/Jam/honey/Butter, Apple Pancake, Cinamon Rool, Apple Strudle, Brown/ white bread plain/jam/Honey/Butter
Mouth Watering Desert Apple Pie, Custard pudding, Rice Pudding, Lemon Sugar Pancake, Chocolate Cake
Occasional Teste Chicken Sizzler, Chicken Fried, Chicken Tawa, Chicken Curry, Chicken Steak, Yak Steak.
What happens if there is an emergency?
All of our guides are trained in basic first aid and can deal with the basic ailments that may occur on trek. In the event of an emergency Zen Adventure Nepal Treks will cover initial expenses of any rescue operation. It is a condition of booking that you are adequately insured for such an event as these expenses will need to be recovered from your insurance company. In the more frequented regions there are health posts, which have been established by foreign doctors and many are staffed by overseas personnel. Zen Adventure Nepal Treks is associated members of The Himalayan Rescue Association.
Are the Zen Adventure Nepal Treks’s staffs insured?
Our company insures all our trekking staff, including guides, cooks, sherpas and porters are insured. Please, click here (We take pride in the fact that every single porter and guide employed by us is not only well paid but also protected by a life insurance policy. They are provided with warm clothing and proper shelter on all high altitude treks. All our treks benefit the village economics by using local services (manpower, produce, lodges and other services). We ensure that all our staff is well paid, insured and properly equipped).
Could you give us some information about the guide?
All of our guides are highly skilled professionals who have been selected based on their technical proficiency, proven safety records, careful judgment, patient and supportive teaching styles and great personalities. Our guides are trained by the Nepal Mountaineering Association, the Ministry of Tourism and at the High Altitude Medical Training Center. Our guides are very experienced in dealing with the effects of higher altitudes and since they are natives of Nepal, they easily acclimatize and therefore can better care for their clients. They are equipped with necessary medical supplies and can assist you with basic first aid treatment.
What kinds of banking facilities in Nepal?
Nepal has modern banking facilities and some international banks even have offices in Kathmandu. Almost all foreign currencies along with credit cards such as American Express, Visa, and Master card are accepted in Nepal. Nepal has also ATM facilities as well.
How safe traveling alone women with your company?
We ensure all safety and security for individual woman traveller while with us, we are more confidence for this issues, believe us. We have train our guides, the way our clients want. We give you personal room on lodge trek and personal tent for camping (tented camp) trek.
What happens if I need to leave the trip early?
Communication is sometimes difficult in the mountains. However our guides will make the necessary efforts to obtain the necessary transportation and reservations to get you home as quickly as possible if for any reason you need to depart early.
Does your company arrange domestic and international flight and other services?
We are Nepal based company. So we suggest you to arrange your destination International flight from your hometown. Domestic flight ticket is included in our packages tour. If you need extra domestic flight, we will arrange different activities like river rafting, city guided tour, Mountain flight, jungle safari, paragliding etc according to your requirements.
Does Zen Adventure Nepal Treks accept credit cards?
We accept American Express, Visa and Master cards. If you are paying in person in Nepal, we request that you pay in cash or Travelers cheques as the bank charges for credit cards are quite high.
What if I arrive early or depart late? Can you arrange extra night lodging? Is there a single room option?
We are happy to make arrangements such as personalized tours, extra hotels rooms, airport pick up and arrange for private rooms. Please indicate that you would like a private room on your application and we will contact you with information on single room supplement costs.
Can I bring some food from home?
You may bring power bars, Gu, Power Gel, cereal bars or similar high energy foods, powder Gatorade is also recommended to fight dehydration.
How much extra money should take with me except trip price?
It depends on your spending habits, you should allocate US$ 15 to 20 per meal in Kathamndu. On the trek, US$ 12 to 15 a day should be enough to buy water, hot drinks, hot shower, chocolates, Coca Cola.
Do I need a visa to travel to Nepal? What do I need to get my visa?
All foreign nationals, except Indian Citizens, need to obtain visas to enter Nepal. You need a valid passport, two passport size photos and US$ 40 for 30 days.
The best way to apply for visa is from the Nepalese diplomatic missions in your home country or from Immigration office at the entry points of Nepal.
What’s the common form of greeting in Nepal?
It is called Namaste or Namaskar. You can say the greeting in words as well as do it using a gesture. Join your palms together and bring them close to your chest and about 5 to 7 inches below your chin. The word Namaste has many meanings such as Hello, How are you?, I am glad to see you, nice to meet you, good morning, etc.
What are some basic Nepali customs that I should know about?
Take off your shoes before entering a temple or some one’s home.
Ask for permission before entering a Hindu temple.
Taking photographs inside the most temples are considered illegal.
Ask for permission before taking photographs of objects, and including Nepali people.
Nepali people are friendly by nature. Have a genuine interest in them. Talk to them. Be friendly as you travel.
What time is it now in Nepal and what’s the phone code?
Nepali time is GMT/UTC plus 5 Hours 45 minutes. Area code for dialing to Nepal: Country Code: 977 Kathmandu City Code: 1 (e.g. 977-1- ****** First three digits is the country code, second is the area code, the last (6 or 7) digits are telephone numbers. if you want to call in cell phone dial 977 & then cell number.
What is the currency of Nepal?
Nepalese currency is spelled as Nepalese Rupees or Rupee (Rs) or Nepali Rupee, and in short it is written NRS or RS. 100 Paisa equals 1 Rs. Currently Notes of the following denominations are used: 1000, 500, 100, 50, 25,20, 10, 5, 2, and 1 rupees. Coin hasn’t been popular in Nepal and hence is almost always ignored in business. The coins of the following denominations can be found:
1 Rs, 2 Rs, and 5 Rs. It is recommended that you travel with smaller notes in less populated areas, while large notes are easily accepted elsewhere.
Are there ATM facilities in Nepal?
Yes, in Kathmandu and Pokhara. International credit cards (Master Card, Visa Card etc) are also accepted in all leading hotels, shopping centers, bars and restaurants in Nepal.
Will my Cell phone (mobile phone) work in Nepal?
Please, Contact your service provider and check if Nepal country is included in their ‘Global roaming’ package. Please note, not all parts of Nepal are covered by the GSM Network in Nepal.
What are health requirements to visit Nepal?
Nepal does not require any specific immunization for visitors. It is however best to have vaccine before coming to Nepal. Your doctors can advise you on the type of vaccine to be taken to travel to third world countries like Nepal.
How can I book this trip?
When you confirmed trip, we need photo copy of your passport or your personal information (Surname, Name, and date of birth, Passport number, nationality and gender) and 20% down payment of the total price for advance domestic flight tickets and hotel booking and permit process. Remaining balance can be paid after your arrival in Nepal. For the details, please visit at: