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The 15 day long Annapurna Circuit Trip in Nepal is one of the most challenging and diverse treks to partake. The exhilarating trail is called the Annapurna Circuit as it takes us round the Annapurna mastiff. What makes the circuit stand out is the incredibly changing landscape that starts with green forests, flowing through rivers reaching arid lands that resemble deserts. The Annapurna circuit is also a true representation of the diverse rich communities and culture of Nepal. The highest elevation in the trip will be at 5400 meters at the formidable Thorongla Pass, which is considered one of the highest trekking passes in the world.
The Annapurna Circuit trek, all in all, is a long trek with a moderate difficulty level. Enjoy the roundabout views of the Annapurna Mastiff and explore all of its glory in a package that includes 18 days of walking.
Today, from your respective locations, you will arrive at the beautiful country of Nepal. Upon arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be transferred to the hotel. TIA is the only international airport in Nepal. All of the check-in procedures will be completed by our representative. You have the rest of the day free to intermingle with the beautiful capital city of Nepal.
The day starts off with a scenic drive to Besisahar (760m), change the vehicle (locally hired jeep) and drive to Jagat. The drive along the sides of the roaring Trishuli River, transverse by terraced fields and varying landscapes, surely makes our day. We continue drive to the Marsyangdi Valley through villages and rice paddies to Jagat where we spend night. Approximate 8.5 hours of drive.
Today’s trek follows an undulating path towards the settlement of Chyamje which is reached by passing through several forested areas. After crossing the river to the east bank by the help of a suspension bridge, we will reach Tal (1700m). Tal is a village situated at the base of a grand waterfall. Relish the views of the picturesque grandeur before moving on to reach the village of Dharapani (1860m). The path will cross the river a couple of times before reaching Dharapani through Karte. Approximately 7 hours of trek.
The path is an ascending one above Dharapnai. We climb over a spur forest in order to reach the village of Bagarchap ( 2164). We continue further through forested paths to reach Dhanakyu (2290m). From here, we move forward to reach Temang. The ascending path till Temang, will now be replaced by a descent to reach Chame. We firstly reach Kotho (2590m) via the settlement of Lattermarang (2360m). Several forested ridges need to be crossed in order to reach Kothe. From here, the trail becomes easier and takes us to the administrative center of the Manang District, Chame (2670m). Approximately 7-8 hours of walk.
Today, we continue our ascent through forested hillsides. A dramatic change of scenery will now be experienced. We will leave behind the forests and vegetation and move forward to the dry and arid, upper district of Manang called as Nyeshang. The trail, which initially follows the river closely, takes us to Brathang (2919m). From this point, the valley becomes narrow and steep. Through deep forests amalgamated with the mesmerizing views of the Annapurna II, we cross the river. The impressive rock face of Paungda Danda is in front of us now and it rises 1500 m from the banks of the river. We will now climb up to the village of Pisang (3190m), where we will spend the night. Approximately 6 hours of walk.
There are two trail options to undertake today. One trail, the longer one, passes through the high-level route via the villages of Ngawal and Gyaru. Great views of the Annapurna region are showcased by this path. For those wishing to take on a shorter path, there is the option to reach Manang via the valley below the Pisang Peak. We will be taking the shorter path through the main trail today. We will firstly continue along the south side of the river in order to reach the village of Hongde. Hongde is home to a police check post and an airstrip. After this, we will descend down to Mungli and drop down to Braga. Braga is a picturesque village, known best for its large and ancient gompa. Braga is also home to a Tree Nursery. Through mani walls, we will continue along the path in order to reach the village of Manang (3540m). Approximately 4 to 5 hours of walk.
Altitude sickness might occur due to the thinning air and the lessening pressure. In order to eliminate this possibility, we will acclimatize this day by visiting highlights of Manang today. There is the option of climbing the hill situated behind the village, to ponder upon the views of the magnificent, snow-capped peaks of the Annapurna Region. We can also watch in awe, the enormous icefall which rumbles down from the massive Gangapurna. Manang is the place where we can enjoy extremely up close views of the mountain peaks. Gangapurna and Annapurna tower above us and these views from the Manang Village are undoubtedly the best views in the country.
Another option is to walk up the glacial lake below Gangapurna to view the amphitheater of the beautiful mountain views. Manang is full of coffee shops and bakeries and you can spend the afternoon with a cup of coffee and extremely beautiful views of the Himalayas before you.
Today, we head closer to Thorong La. We will start off the trek with a climb out of the Marsyangdi Valley and into the valley of the JarsangKhola. The dry, alpine countryside is even more mystical from this point onwards. Scrub juniper and clumps of birch adorn the entire path. We reach Yak Kharka (4018m) through Gunsang (3930m). All along the way, we will get to observe the views of the extremely beautiful peaks like the Gangapurna and Annapurna III.
Upon reaching Yak Kharkha by mid-afternoon, we will have plenty of time to acclimatize by walking into the surrounding hills. Blue sheep are found in plenty in this cold and windy spot. Approximately 4 to 5 hours of walk.
This is another short day on the trail which is perfect for aiding in acclimatization. We pass through wilder scenery today. We ascend up the valley and then an undulating path brings us down to cross the Jarsang Khola. A scree slope will be transversed now, in order to the reach Phedi (4420m) with few teahouses. Through Phedi is the base of the Thrung La Pass. Phedi is a cold and windy location so makes sure to wear adequate clothes. Approximate 5 hours of walk.
The main attraction of the trek and the highest point to be reached will be transversed today. The Thorong La Pass (5416m) can be reached from the Thorong Phedi by starting off with a steep ascent. The path becomes somewhat easier as we approach the top. The high altitude makes breathing shallow, so it's important to walk slowly. We will cross several false summits before finally reach the Thorong La Pass. The never before views of the snowcapped peaks, up to Tibet is surely set to blow our minds away. Look back and wonder upon the views of the Annapurna Range. The great chasm of the Kali Gandaki is directly in front of us.
Now, the descent down to Muktinath (3700m) is a very long and difficult one, made easier by the magnificent views of the Tukuche Peak and the Dhaulagiri. The path starts off as an easy one and becomes steeper as we follow grassy slopes. It again eases off before reaching the pilgrimage site of Muktinath (3700m). Approximately 9-10 hours walk.
Muktinath is known as one of the greatest pilgrimage sites for both Hindus and Buddhists and is visited by a huge number of internal tourists every year. Near the Muktinath Temple, lies the Jwala Mai Temple, an attractive pilgrimage spot for Buddhists. We will visit both the temples and marvel upon the burning flame on the water.
The trek from Muktinath to Kagbeni (2800m) follows beautiful barren landscapes. Bare eroded hills, offering a backdrop of snow-capped high peaks offers a perfect looking contrast to our eyes. After crossing the JhongKhola, we ascend to the beautiful village of Jhong. After a simple lunch in the only lodge in the village, we will pass along cliffs eroded by the wind. An array of beautiful colors will pass by before we reach the village of Kagbeni (2800m). This path has been chosen to avoid the newly built road. we will continue walk to Jomsom via Aklevatti. Approximately 5-6 hours walk.
We will take a scenic flight of approx. 25 minutes to reach most beautifull city of Pokhara. after reaching at Pokhara airport we will be transported to the hotel. The entire afternoon will be free in Pokhara and we will explore the mystique of the city by visiting major attractions like the Davis Fall, Gupteshwori Cave, and the Nepal Mountaineering Museum.
Pokhara is called as the Lake Valley because of the presence of lakes, which have their sources in the glacial Annapurna Range. Phewa Lake is the most enchanting of the lakes present in Pokhara. I reflect back the scenes of the beautiful Himalayan Peaks pointing towards the clear, blue sky. Most hotels and restaurants are located near the Phew Lake, in the area called the Lakeside. The lake valley offers views of the Macchapucchre, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and other mastiffs.
After being transferred back to the domestic airport of the enchanting Pokhara City, it's finally time to bid goodbye to the Annapurna Range, which you have witnessed from up close in the past two weeks. The flight takes approximately 25 minutes. Upon reaching the Kathmandu domestic airport, you will be picked up and transferred to the hotel. The rest of the day can be sued for relaxing adequately after the tiredness and the adventure of the past few weeks.
For those who wish to explore more of the architecturally rich city of Kathmandu, you have the option of sightseeing around the capital or you can also opt to take a day off and rest.
The day will start off with the visit to the Pashupatinath Temple. Considered as one of the most sacred Hindu shrines in the world, the richly-ornamented pagoda house adds up to the mystique of the holy place. Called as a form of Lord Shiva, the Pashupatinath temple is said to have existed since 400 A.D. Devotees take a dip in the holy BagmatiRiver beside the temple.
Boudha is another UNESCO World Heritage Site we will be visiting today. Called as one of the largest stupas in South Asia, this focal point of Buddhism stands thirty-six meters tall. It is located in the path, which was the ancient trade route to China.
In the afternoon, we will be visiting the open museum or the Bhaktapur Durbar Square. A living heritage, Bhaktapur is a city of devotees and the Durbar Square is home to countless temples. Major attractions, not to be missed are the Lion Gate, 55 Window Palace, The Golden Gate, Nyatapola Temple, Dattatreya as well as the status of the Late King Bhupatindra Malla. Beautiful carved specimens and picture gallery will finally end the sightseeing day.
The trip ends today and it's time to bid goodbye to Nepal. After breakfast, you will be transferred to the Kathmandu International Airport for departure as per your flight timings.
All transfers will be conducted on a private vehicle
A visa for Nepal can be obtained on arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu and at border entry points in Kakadvitta, Birgunj, Bhairahawa, Nepalgunj, Gaddachowki on the Nepal-India border and Kodari on the Nepal-China border.
Outside of Nepal, A visa can also be obtained at the nearest Nepal Embassy or Diplomatic Mission. To renew a Visa you can go to the Department of Immigration, Kalikasthan, Kathmandu.
Your passport must be valid for at least six months and you will need a blank page on your passport for visa.
Visa Facility Duration Fee
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
Successful trek require proper clothing for ease, comfort & safety. Read along to find the checklist of items which are essential for a typical multi-day trek in Nepal.
Trekking Gears & Accessories
We personally don’t recommend or advertise any particular insurance organization but we can help you figure out what kind of insurance company you should make a deal with. We kindly advise our guests that travel insurance is mandatory before any other travel and trek agreements.
Ways of triggering your insurance:
Personally we recommend you to pick an insurance company who are willing to pay you while you need medical attention in Nepal during the time of evacuation and other medical emergencies and not after you return from Nepal.
Main conditions to look for in an insurance policy:
General insurance only offers medical evacuation up to 4000m but we will attain maximum height of more than this, so we advise our clients to search for a company that provides medical insurance and evacuation plans up to 6000m. If you are planning to climb any peak along with trekking please make sure your policy also pays for “Climbing” as an option.
You will need to find a policy where your insurance is activated only for the days that you are trekking. If you suffer from altitude sickness and have to be evacuated in an instant you will have to trigger your insurance. These insurance can cost up to $5000. Although these kinds of evacuations are very rare we still need to be prepared for it. So to make any insurance claim you firstly need to get a medical report from a hospital of Nepal as proof before triggering your insurance claim. You will be charged about $150 as a medical fee by the hospital to get your medical reports and documentations before claiming your travel insurance.
As mentioned before, please look for an insurance policy that pays you during the time of emergency while trekking and not after you get back to your country.
What you need to know:
We inform you that any kind of medical fees that your insurance does not cover will be your responsibility. So we want you to have a very good and thorough look at the insurance policy before applying for it. We do not take any kind of responsibilities for insurance related payments and fiscal managements but we will help you get required documentations and reports for the insurance.
Examples of insurance companies:
Bigcattravelinsurance.com, WorldNomads, travelguard.com, Squaremouth.com
Important highlights to remember:
For these kinds of emergencies we suggest our guests to add extra days to their schedule. If there is any symptom of altitude sickness our first step is to descend down without wasting time. Our guides have professional certificates and trainings to handle these kinds of situations (WAFA certification). Basic first aid kit is always carried by our guides. Our guides also check your oxygen levels make sure you are hydrated throughout the trek. If you need a rescue operation or emergency health service our guides are completely ready and trained to take care of it by contacting responsible health offices.
There are two ways things can pan out if you suffer from altitude sickness. You can either continue your trek after some rest or you will not continue your trek at all.
If you want to continue the trek even after the altitude sickness you will firstly have to descend down to lower altitude and rest for few days until our next group comes along so that we can add you to that group and you can continue the trek with them. The few extra days that you take for resting, the financial cost will be your responsibility. We do not assure any financial help but we will provide you with manual assistance as a porter and an assistance guide will take care of you while you are resting here in the tea house. You will have to pay additional amount for extra days while trekking if you go off schedule and trekking routine. If there are no other traveling groups coming up your way and you still decide to trek then you will have to pay separately for your own guide and porter.
If you have altitude sickness & unable to trek and need immediate evacuation service our guides will make the necessary arrangements.
There are two ways to deal with modification in travel plans. First is you can cancel the trip completely and second is you can postpone the date. But for any of these change to take effect we need to be informed 6 weeks before your booked trip date before cancelling or postponing the trip.
Important note: In case of natural disasters and national political issues our hands are tied so we cannot undertake any kind of activities which we will take full responsibility of and make sure our clients get the flexibility of making decisions to either postpone or cancel the trip they initially advocated for. There will be no extra fees or cost for rescheduling but if you decide to cancel the trip volunterily our cancellation fees apply which is listed and described below.
Cancellation fees rules:
These are our specific rules for trip cancellations and refund fees involved:
So, we request our respectful guests to inform us about any kind of modification plans (postpone or cancellations) at least before 43 days of travel date. This will help us to refund your designated deposit and also maintain financial status of every worker and organization involved.
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If you would like to avoid the 4% transaction fee then you also have an option to deposit the money into Makalu Travels' bank account in Wells Fargo Bank, USA. The bank details will be provided on request. You will receive a notice from us after a successful deposit or any kind of financial transaction. We will make sure that your transfer amount has arrived to us before sending you any type of confirmation invoice or notification.
Our package includes most of all the major expenses that you will have to bear while your time in Nepal. While you are in Kathmandu your breakfast is included but while trekking all your meals are included so you don’t have to pay. But there are certain circumstances where you will have to make extra payments personally. They are listed below:
The thing to keep in mind is that the higher you go more expensive it gets. So you will have to pay for hot showers, Wi-Fi, charging devices as they rely on solar power because luxury of power lines and gas cylinders are difficult to find up in the mountains.
So for this we suggest you to carry about 300-400 USD extra for your safety. Although insurance money will cover certain aspects while travelling it never hurts to carry extra for your own well-being.
The hotel we will accommodate you to is Hotel Le Himalaya pre and post trek in Kathmandu. We will book the hotel rooms for you as per your request with a good pricing than that of online booking. We will transfer all your luggage while being transferred from one accommodation center to another. In Kathmandu we will have a very standard hotel but while trekking we won’t have such luxury so we will have to spend our nights in tea houses. These tea houses are fairly of good standard, you can’t be too picky in the Himalayas! You can contact us if there is any specific query you have about the accommodation structure.
Rooms are very spacious and have private bathrooms and toilets. You will not have to compromise even a bit while your stay at Kathmandu. Hotel Le HImalaya is where you will be before and after the trek as we will have pre booked everything for our respected guests. In case of extending your vacation in Nepal we can help you book rooms for extra nights but we will need to be pre informed. If it is a peak season it will be difficult to manage room in same hotel but we will make an utmost effort to accommodate you in the hotel of same caliber.
We have very less accommodation facilities and options while we are trekking. Bathrooms and toilets are common and shared. Usually there are at least two bed rooms in one room. But if any of our clients wants a private room it can be negotiated with the tea house owner. This management for private room can only be done if the rooms are empty in tea houses and the owners agree with it. It is impossible if you are trekking during peak seasons.
Note: Our guests will not have to pay for the nights that they don’t spend in a hotel room in Kathmandu. We can always come to an agreement if there are certain flight delays or cancellations. During these kind of situations we will accommodate our guests fitting best to their requirements.
|Apr 01, 2020 - Apr 15,2020
|Available - Guaranteed Departure
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The Annapurna region is traversed by a huge number of mountainous peaks, shining bright from forested ridges to deserted valleys. The Annapurna region provides the best contrast between different landscapes, with one region being under the rain shadow region and the other region being filled with forested valleys. Treks in Annapurna region can be physically demanding, especially if you are someone with lesser experience of hiking and trekking. However, none of the trips are too difficult for a physically strong individual with regular exercise habits. Treks to Annapurna region can be avoided if you are someone with weak physical health, medical conditions or someone who is under 12 years of age. Read the physical rating of each trip in order to determine if the trip is meant for you.
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