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Annapurna circuit with ABC trek is the classical and ultimate trekking in Annapurna Region. It is the most popular adventurous circuits for the long walking trekkers. This trekking is a vast awe-inspiring amphitheater, surrounded by a multitude of snow-capped Himalayan peaks. Annapurna base camp with Annapurna circuit trail follows scared Buddhist and Hindu Shrines in Muktinath passing through every type of vegetation zone from lush sub-tropical to harsh semi-desert in Jomsom. The picturesque Manang and Mustang valley, magnificent Kali Gandaki and Marsyandi Rivers, close up views of the Himalayas, varied ecosystems, green paddy fields and oak forests, arid deserts and the deepest gorge in the world make this trek one of the most popular treks in the world. Annapurna circuit and ABC trekking together give you an opportunity to enjoy Himalaya experience from different angles and perspectives where the scale never fails to astound.

 

Annapurna Circuit trekking is known as Nepal's classic trek that offers more variety than any other equivalent length trek, taking us through virtually all type of scenery that Nepal offers. The superb views of the Manaslu, Annapurna, and Dhaulagiri, and an amazing variety of landscapes ranging from sub-tropical through alpine to an arid semi-desert akin to Tibet gives the feeling of relaxation. The climax of the trek is crossing the formidable Thorung-La pass (5416m) and Annapurna Base Camp. The Trek design is based on both lodge and tented, so we spend time in villages inhabited by many of Nepal's different tribes, both Buddhist and Hindu religion. With this amazing trek, you will be overwhelmed by the close-up views of the giant snow peaks Annapurna I (8,019m.), Annapurna III (7,555m.), Gangapurna (7,454m.) and Machhapuchhre (6,993m.) This trekking is strongly recommended for those who are planning to view excellent mountain vistas. The opportunity of feeling the sound hospitality and the warmth of the native residents will be the lifetime experience. The Gurung, Thakalis and Magar communities' unique culture will rejoice and jostle the trekkers.

 

 The Annapurna circuit with ABC trek route encircles the Annapurna Range; a collection of huge ever snowcapped range rewarding for your questionable sanity is a breathtaking view of the world's tallest mountains glowing in the pastel light of dawn and dusk. Unique experience of a blend of culture of different caste & creeds and the panoramic scenes of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Annapurna I, Mt. Manaslu , Mt. Nilgiri, Mt. Fishtail also known as Machhapuchhare (6998m), Mt. Hiunchuli , Mt. Lamjung Himal  etc will be greatest adventures of your life. Annapurna Base Camp starting with the Modi River keeps changing the flora and fauna settings as you ascend uphill.

 

The central region of Annapurna Base Camp boasts some of the most brilliant sunsets in Nepal. A summation of five climatic and vegetation zones along with a variety of ethnic groups has found their niche in this diverse terrain. This area also offers several choices for treks from visiting the hospitable village of Ghorepani Poon Hill, Chhomrong and Ghandrung Village to viewing the exquisite panoramic mountain views. Though demanding enough by the seasoned trekker, this Annapurna Circuit, and Annapurna Base Camp trek is also an excellent introduction for walking in Nepal. This 1-month trek takes you completely around the famed Annapurna massif and has constantly changed.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Greetings at Kathmandu Airport
Day 02: A full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu
Day 03: Drive Kathmandu to Syange/ Jagat (1330m)
Day 04: Syange/Jagat trekking to Dharapani (1960m): Walking distance 6-7 hours
Day 05: Dharapani trekking to Chame (2630m): Walking distance 5 hours
Day 06: Chame to Pisang (3210m): Walking distance 5 hours
Day 07: Pisang to Manang (3540m): Walking distance 6-7 hours
Day 08: Acclimatization day at Manang (3540m)
Day 09: Manang to Chure Letdar (4250m): walking distance 3-5 hours
Day 10: Churi Letdar to Thorung Phedi (4400m): walking distance 2 hours
Day 11: Crossing Thorung La Pass to Muktinath (3800m): walking distance 6-8 hours
Day 12: Muktinath drive to Tatopani
Day 13: Tatopani to Ghorepani (2775m): Walking distance: 6-7 hours
Day 14: Ghorepani hike to Poon Hill and trek to Tadapani (2540m): walking distance to Tadapani 5-6 hours
Day 15: Tadapani Trekking to Chhomrong (2040m): walking distance5-6 hours
Day 16: Chhomrong trekking to Dovan (2540m): walking distance 6 hours
Day 17: Dovan trekking to Machhapuchhare Base Camp (3700m): walking distance 6-7 hours
Day 18: Machhapuchhare Base Camp Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (4130m) and back to Dovan
Day 19: Dovan Trekking to Jhinu Danda (1750m): walking distance 6-7 hours
Day 20: Jhinu Hot Spring trek to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara, walking distance 6 hours,drive 2 hrs
Day 21: Pokhara to Kathmandu, take 25 minutes flight or 6-7 hours drive
Day 22: Final Departure

Day 1: Greetings at Kathmandu Airport
We will meet you at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport and transfer to your hotel. When you have had your time to settle in and freshen up after your long fight, you will be invited to visit our office for a briefing about your program. You will have meeting with your trekking guide and discuss about the equipment needed for the trekking and we will process for the trekking permits. If you arrive at night we will have same discussion in next day morning after your breakfast. 

Day 2: A full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu, the capital valley
The very next morning, after breakfast you will leave for a full day sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley. You can visit sacred Pashupatinath Temple and Swyambhunath, very ancient and essentially enlisted in UNESCO World Heritage sites. The biggest Buddhist Stupa at Boudhnath and the fine arts and historical architecture of Kathmandu Durbar Square reflects the ancient Nepalese culture.

Day 3: Drive Kathmandu to Syange/ Jagat (1330m)
Drive to  Besi Sahar through Prithvi Highway, about 6 hours drive. Reach Besi Sahar or Bhulbule at Lunch time. Take a local jeep to Syange (1080m) driving with the view of River, greeneries, local villages and beautiful mountain scenery. A steep and slippery trail runs up and down through paddy fields, passing through tiny Tibetan villages, the trail ascends through the rhododendron forest to Jagat (1330m). If our drive is late, we can stay in Syange as well. 

Day 4: Syange/Jagat trekking to Dharapani (1960m): Walking distance 6-7 hours
You continue zigzag way across the right side Marsyangdi river view and after crossing again suspension bridge in the Marsyangdi River the trail goes uphill and gradually steep flat and get to Tal. Tal is one of the famous places for valley views and water falls. We enter Manang district, trail continues through barley, rice, potato fields and pine forests past the village of Khotro (1860m). Descend to a forest to a long suspension bridge and very pleasant courtyards of Alpine. Passing through Karte and Nache village, the new trail continues a stone Kani making a formal entrance to Dharapani. Dharapani is one junction way for Manaslu round and also big villages in the Manang valley.

Day 5: Dharapani trekking to Chame (2630m): Walking distance 5 hours
The trail climbs along the mule track through in and fir forest and then follows the river for a time amongst the higher oak and maple trees. At the entrance to Chame is along wall with many prayer wheels; the administrative headquarter of the Manang district. There are fine views of Lamjung, Annapurna II/IV (7525m).

Day 6: Chame to Pisang (3210m): Walking distance 5 hours
There's a long, peasant and mostly level walk in forests. The pine-scented trail rounds a bend to reveal the first views of dramatic Paungda Danda rock face, a tremendous curve slab of rock. The trail follows through the river valley with good views along the way of Pisang peak and Annapurna II at Pisang. Pisang marks the beginning of the region upper portion of the Manang district.

Day 7: Pisang to Manang (3540m): Walking distance 6-7 hours
It's about 6-7 hours trail. From upper Pisang the high trail enters pine grooves to reveal views of the small turquoise lake. The trail does a dogleg through the charming village, passing with views of painted Mandalas and dragon mouth spouts. Hike through the fields of grazing yak and wide variety of crops. This large Tibetan settlement provides good views of Annapurna II/III/IV, Gangapurna and Tarkekang. Stay at 3570m.

Day 8: Acclimatization day at Manang (3540m)
This day you spend a second night in the Manang region to acclimatize to the higher elevations you will encounter towards the Thoroung La. Take advice from Himalayan Rescue Association and observe the spectacular views of the Himalaya nearby. There are fine views of the milky blue glacier lake at the foot of spectacular Gangapurna icefall and traditional stone buildings.

Day 9: Manang to Chure Letdar (4250m): walking distance 3-5 hours
The trail continues to climb out of the Marsyangdi Valley. The trail follows this valley north, passing a Goths as it steadily gains elevation. You have left the large trees below; the vegetation now consists of scrub juniper and alpine grasses. It's fun to see large yaks grazing. The view of Annapurna III is excellent.

Day 10: Churi Letdar to Thorung Phedi (4400m): walking distance 2 hours
From Letdar the trail climbs along the east bank of the Jarsang Khola, then descends and crosses the stream on a wooden bridge at 4310m. Blue sheep, and even snow capped leopards, sometimes magically appears. The crow like bird choughs, large lamer geiers and Himalayan griffons circles you overhead. Overnight at Phedi 4400m.

Day 11: Crossing Thorung La Pass to Muktinath (3800m): walking distance 6-8 hours
The trail becomes steep immediately after leaving Thorung Phedi, switch backing up moraines and following rocky ridges as it ascends to the Thorung La pass (5416m). You can see the long Great Barrier ridge, Tibet like region of Manang, as well as the Annapurnas, Gangapurna and the heavily glaciated peak of Khatung Kang (6484m). The trail descends crossing meadows steeply down to Muktinath. One of the most important pilgrimage sites for both Hindus and Buddhists.

Day 12: Muktinath drive to Tatopani
You will take a drive of jeep to Tatopani. The drive is little rough as you will be traveling through newly opened road rather it would be adventurous also. The trail follows the river through a world deepest George and have a very nice view one of the longest waterfall. Stay at Tatopani and visit natural hot spring.

Day 13: Tatopani to Ghorepani (2775m): Walking distance: 6-7 hours
Trail ascends steeply through dense moss-covered rhododendron forest with rich bird life. We will work though the midland village with observing local people life and working style to the village Sikha.after having lunch here the trail Pass village crossing with terraced and inclined farmlands. We pass some small villages and walk alongside the Ghaja Khola. It's about 3-4 hours work all the way up to Ghorepani.

Day 14: Ghorepani hike to Poon Hill and trek to Tadapani (2540m): walking distance to Tadapani 5-6 hours
Most people rise before dawn the following day to make the early-morning excursion to Poon Hill (3210m), one of the best Himalaya view point in Nepal, provides an unobstructed view of sunrise over the high Himalayas. The spectacular panorama stretches from Dhaulagiri I to Annapurna and Machhapuchhare. Watching the beautiful sunrise is a defining moment with lots of pleasure and tranquility. 
A short early morning climb to the Deurali pass for a spectacular panorama over Dhaulagiri and Annapurna. Trail descends steeply through dense moss-covered forest with rich bird life to Tadapani which also provides a close up sunset view.

Day 15: Tadapani Trekking to Chhomrong (2040m): walking distance5-6 hours
Very almighty rhododendron forests and fine terraces went passing through our trail to the Chhomrong village. Above the village is the mighty peak of Annapurna South with the Mt. Fishtail, facing it across the valley. Chhomrong is a beautiful village with lots of Lodges providing good faciities. Chhomrong is a gateway to Annapurna Sanctuary trek and inhabited by Gurung, one of the major ethnic groups of Nepal.

Day 16: Chhomrong trekking to Dovan (2540m): walking distance 6 hours
Leaving Chhomrong, the trail descends via a stone staircase and crosses the Chhomrong Khola on a swaying Suspension bridge. Then climb out of the side valley passing through deep forests of bamboo, rhododendron and oak. The portion of the day’s trek follows another ascent to Kuldi (2470m). Descend a long, steep, slippery stone staircase into a deep bamboo and rhododendron forest to the village of Dovan.

Day 17: Dovan trekking to Machhapuchhare Base Camp (3700m): walking distance 6-7 hours
A trek of narrow Modi Khola valley brings you almost to the base of M.B.C. There's technically no such thing as 'Machhapuchhare Base Camp', since ascents of the mountains are prohibited. The mountain views are stupendous; the panorama includes Hiuchhuli, Annapurna ranges and the ever-changing Machhapuchhare. This area is called the Annapurna sanctuary since it is totally surrounded by mountains. A huge amphitheater enclosed by a solid wall of snow-capped peaks which include Annapurna I, Annapurna III and the fish tail spire of Machhapuchhare.

Day 18: Machhapuchhare Base Camp Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (4130m) and back to Dovan
The climb to Annapurna Base Camp takes under two hours. You descend a small ridge branching out from the mountain pass to mountainside with widespread terraced fields showcasing tranquil meadows and lush fertile farming land. As you reach Annapurna South Base Camp, witness awesome picturesque landscapes, majestic panoramic view of snow-capped mountainous peaks and varied Himalayan cultural settings tucked beneath the southern slopes of the Annapurna massive. Tremendous Annapurna Range stops your heart beat for a while; whole day without rest chill out around to explore ABC. Trek down back to Dovan.

Day 19: Dovan Trekking to Jhinu Danda (1750m): walking distance 6-7 hours
Retrace our steps back down to apple-pie country. The trail goes steeply up to the Kuldi Ghar and now the trail is quite flat until you reach Sinuwa. You trek gradually descends to the Chhomrong Khola and you have to follow stone staircase for almost an hour to reach Chhomrong. The trail continues through rhododendron and bamboo forest with majestic mountains scenery, especially Mt. Machhapuchhare. An hour walk will take you to Jhinu Danda. You enjoy the natural hot spring and explore the area around.

Day 20: Jhinu Hot Spring trekking to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara walking distance 5 hours/ driving 2 hours.

  Today we will work mostly flat with nice view of rice fields and terraces, first we will pass by New bridge and kyumi village, we will continue trekking to Syauli bazaar can have lunch there before trek down to Birethanti, we will take private car or bus from  Nayapul to Pokhara about 1 hour 40 minute.

Day 21: Pokhara to Kathmandu, Take a 25 minutes flight or 6/7 hour Drive.
You can take a fight or take a drive to Kathmandu. At the evening you can have your last night in Nepal enjoying the Nepali cultural dinner show, taking some beautiful snaps and making up your mind for the returning journey.

Day 22: Final Departure
With lots of thankful to you, we will proudly drop you to the International airportto catch your flight back to your home.

Special Note:

(The above itinerary can be tailor made as per  clients request, we can make the itinerary more shorter by cutting day 02 city tour in Kathmandu , we can take a fly back to Kathmandu late afternoon, So people have short time wanted to do this trek also possible, people who have longer time can add the White Water Rafting, Jungle safari tour in Chitwan National park, can spend more time in Pokhara by doing Paragliding, Zeep Flyer and other extra activities so feel free to write us your interest and time and we will make the itinerary to suites your needs).

Above the Himalaya Trekking have made every effort to keep our price as competitive as possible, by still providing an excelling service to our customer. We pay our porters and guide the legal wages agreed with the porters union, our trekking staffs are some of the best paid in Nepal which allow us to attract only the best guides and porters and we have same amount of Insurance for guide and porter which is more than Government fixed amount. All our price are nett and there are no hidden cost everything is clear on cost includes and excludes this is the main reason all our customer are happy from our service. For up to date cost for the trip please contact us.

What’s included in the Cost:

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport transfers by private vehicle.
  • Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu on a twin sharing basis including breakfast.
  • Guided Tour of Kathmandu City with expert tour guide and private vehicle
  • Hotel Accommodation in Pokhara on a twin sharing basis including breakfast.
  • Government license holder experienced, trekking guide (trained in Wilderness First Aid& altitude sickness) and porters (1 porter for between 2 trekkers basis) with their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance, clothing and medicine.
  • Twin sharing Tea house/Lodges Accommodation during the trekking
  • Daily Meals chosen from the Menu   (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek.
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Trekking Permit.
  • TIMS Trekking Permit (Trekking Information Management System) Card for the Annapurna Trek
  • Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • Above the Himalaya duffel bag. ( If you need, please let us know before you book the trip and remind us in our pre- meeting at our office)
  • Kathmandu to Besisahar transport by local bus, Besisahar to Syange transport by local jeep on sharing basis ( Private vehicle are available by adding extra cost)
  • Trek finish point Phedi to Pokhara transport by Private vehicle
  • Pokhara to Kathmandu transport by tourist bus. (if you want to take a  flight or want to travel by private vehicle is available, by adding extra cost)
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information and trip dossiers
  • Above the Himalaya Gifts (T shirt for Gents & Pashmina shawl for Ladies, Trekking certificates)
  • Welcome/Fare well Nepali Dinner in Kathmandu
  • All necessary paper works, office Service charge and all Government Taxes

Extra Cost to Consider:

  • Lunch and dinner  in Kathmandu & Pokhara.
  • Nepal entry visa fee, you can get Nepal visa up on arrival in the Airport.
  • International Airfare/Airport tax, Kathmandu city tour Sightseeing entry fees.
  • Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks, hot shower, Mineral/ hot water, desserts.
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, sweets, snacks, beverages and bar bills, camera battery charging.
  • Travel Insurance (Essential - Should include emergency evacuation coverage while trekking up to 5500+ meters).
  • Personal trekking gears
  • Tips for tour/ trekking staffs and driver
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section.

Passport and Visas:

First, be sure you have a valid passport with at least 6 months validity from return date.  You can obtain visas for Nepal from the Nepalese Consulate in your country or up on arrival in Kathmandu Airport. Nepalese visas cost USD 25 for 15 days and USD 40 for 30 days till date.


Get the required visa for Nepal.

You can get Nepal visa prior to arrival from the Nepalese Embassy at your home country. Likewise, you can easily get an up on arrival visa at Kathmandu airport and other different borders from Nepal. This is for those who travel from India and Tibet. For more information and download please visit Nepal Visa Information


Bring Official Papers

Some of the required official documents are your valid passport, 4 extra passport sized photographs (for trekking permits), travel insurance, airline tickets and luggage tags. Visas can be obtained upon entry into Nepal. For detail information we request you to visit our visa page.


Money & Credit card Info

We find that most of the credit card, master and visa card is blocked from your card provider. It may be because of a security reason. It, sometimes, may bring you in problematic situation that you can't get money from ATMs and that you find difficult to pay for your treks and tour. To find yourself free from this problem, you can call to your card provider before you travel to Nepal and inform there that you are traveling to Nepal. Ensure them to give the authorization for the payment. In Nepal you have to pay 3.5 % credit card commission s per Nepal Bank rules, on top of your payable amount for the trek cost.  So, please be sure that you bring some cash in USD to pay us. Likewise, be sure you have brought some small amount for your daily expenses as well as for those items which are not included in our cost. We request you not to change money in the Airport. The exchange rate is very low there. Our office provides you the facility to change your money. Or, you can take help from Money Changers in Thamel


Travel Insurance:

Our clients must have comprehensive travel insurance package. Their insurance must cover against medical, personal accident, emergency evacuation, trip cancellation, lost of gears, natural calamity, theft of or damage to baggage etc.


Load shedding (Electricity crisis) in Nepal

We are sorry to inform you that though Nepal is rich in water resource, there is electricity crisis in Nepal. It is more likely that there is electricity off for some hours in day and night time.  Most of the hotels in Kathmandu, Pokhara and other cities are likely to have no battery backup. Air condition may not work and, sometimes, TV and other electric utensils may not run. Some hotel is likely to run the TV and AC also. However, only few of them are in this category.
So, be prepared for this while you are traveling here.  For your ease, we recommend you to bring the flashlight with extra bulbs and batteries.


Who can trek?

No special degree of fitness is required and that there is no age barrier. However, in the areas over 3000m altitude, extra care should be taken. One can trek who have strong legs and the spirit for adventure to explore the exotic will enjoy the thrills of trekking in the hills of Nepal. Normally, for weary trekkers we have a list of short, easy and exotic treks and for the experienced trekkers we offer a longer trek with lots of excitement and adventure. We encourage all men and women, families, students and professionals around the world to enjoy the enchanting trekking in Nepal. You can join us as an individual team member or with your own group. We commit to arrange a best trekking that delight you in the Nepal Himalayas. If you can have fun walking for 3-6 hours up and down hills to Nepal, pack your luggage and join us for an exhilarating and unforgettable journey. All the necessary things for your trekking will be arranged by us. What you can do is to enjoy the beautiful scenery and magnificent view of Nepal Himalayas.


Our Trekking Dates

Most of our treks start on the third day of your arrival. On the first day of your arrival, we will pick you from the airport and let you know your hotel. However, it depends on your arrival time. If your flight is early, we are likely to invite you to our office and make yourself comfort with ideas and brief information on your trek package. If you arrive at night, all the arrangements are likely to made the morning. Second day, it is our package to take you for sightseeing tour within Kathmandu valley. However, the trekkers who have limited time can start their trekking from the second day. We can arrange all the necessary trekking permits and other utensils in advance in case you have limited time. It is your third day that you will fly out of Kathmandu. However, if any further arrangement is still at wait, you can enjoy your trek the next day.


Clothing and Equipment for Traveling in Nepal

Trekking in the Himalayas need to arrangement of equipment as you have to find yourself comfortable at higher altitude. The basic clothing item that you are expected to be prepared with are well described here. Remember that excess baggage is likely to be a burden for yourself and your supporting staff. "Pack light, but pack right", is our motto. This will allow you to enjoy a comfortable journey with your energies and enthusiastic zeal focused on the exploration of this enchanting Nepal scenic beauty. Please visit here for Clothing and Equipment list


Buying and Renting Equipment in Kathmandu

It is not really necessary to spend large amount of money buying extra equipment and clothing prior to your trip. It is because most of the trekking equipment can be hired from many adventure shops within Kathmandu. Most of the gear is locally manufactured (hence a lot cheaper). Some Chinese gear are likely to be more expensive but qualitative. Sleeping bag and down jacket are easily rented. Each item can be rented for less than USD 1, for a day. You have to manage other items buying them yourself. However, these items are more likely to be cheaper than those in your hometown. We will arrange all the necessary items you need on the second day of your arrival. Moreover, we ourselves will fascinate you to buy the goods.  


Vaccination for Nepal

All travelers should consult with their physician or update on vaccination requirements before travel. (Your doctor or health-care provider will determine what you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities)
For traveling to Nepal; we recommend you to take a vaccination of Polio, Tetanus, Typhoid, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Rabies etc, it is not really must but recommended.


How to Book

While you chose which trip you wanted to go with, contact us to our head office Thamel Kathmandu Nepal by mail or phone, email is more easy and clear options, as soon as we get your email or call we will process for your booking.
We need 20% booking amount to confirm your booking, the payment can be made through the Bank transfer, Credit card payment (Master/Visa card ) or through online money transfers also Money Gram, Western Unions or others. After we get the 20% amount we will confirm your booking and you will get the official booking and payment receipt. The final balance for the tour will be paid up on arrival in Kathmandu.
For more info please visit how to book the trip

 

Q. Where is Mount Annapurna located?

Annapurna is a section of the Himalayas in north-central Nepal that includes 8,091m (26,545 ft) Annapurna I, thirteen additional peaks over 7,00m (22,970 ft) and 16 more over 6,000m. The entire massif and surrounding area are protected Annapurna Conservation Area Project.


Q. What is ACAP?

ACAP stands for Annapurna Conservation Area Project of 7,629 km2 area, the first and largest conservation area in Nepal. Annapurna Conservation Area was established in 1985 and gazette in 1992. It is implemented across Manang, Mustang, Kaski, Myagdi and Lamjung districts.


Q. How to enter Annapurna Circuit with ABC?

Beautiful Pokhara city is the gateway to the Annapurna region. Have a 25 minutes flight to Pokhara or drive of about 4-5 hrs from Kathmandu. We have direct flight of 40 min to Jomsom too. From Nayapul or Dhampus, trek inside Annapurna region. You can also start from Besisahar for Annapurna circuit or round trek. You can also start your journey from Beni, which is about 9-10 hrs drive from Kathmandu.


Q. When is the best time to go to Annapurna Circuit with ABC Trek?

Mainly we have 2 seasons Annapurna Circuit with Annapurna Base Camp trekking, the autumn (September, October & November) and spring (March, April & May)season are good when weather is pleasant, The monsoon rains have cleared the sky of dust and the views are often spectacular, clear sky, flowers are in blooming, good trail condition. The winter Dec, Jan and Feb is recommended for this trek as it goes maximum height of 5416 m, some time we may expect the foggy weather, The summer (June, July, August is rainy season so visibility can be less and rain will be issue, considering Summer June is ok as in general rain will nearly from last week of June. The benefit to do the trek in off season is there are not many tourists, very easy to find the best rooms in the lodge.


Q. How fit do I have to be?

Trekking to Annapurna circuit with Annapurna base camp is considered moderate to fairly strenuous trekking, some previous small hiking and trekking experience is the plus point for the trip however, people have no previous trekking or mountaineering experience also can do the trek easily. People who have good physical condition and able to work 5 to 6 hours daily in rocky trail can do the trek. We tailor made the trip itinerary depends on people fitness level.


Q. Do I really need to use a guide for this trek?

We always recommend to have a guide for any trekking in Nepal Himalaya, there were few trekkers already missed and lost in the some trekking trail, the mountain trail is easily losable and most of the places have no sign for trail junction so people have difficulty which direction to go. A great guide will make your overall experience more memorable and enjoyable.


Q. Is it recommended to get Nepalese visa in advance or at the airport?

Obtaining Nepalese visa at arrival is easier expecting some time queuing. If you get your visa in advance, you can avoid the queue.
Don’t forget to carry two passport size photographs and to bring cash as ATM is not available at the site.
Note: If you are staying for more than 15 days, don’t forget to ask visa for 30 day.
Download Nepalese visa application form and fill it advance to avoid some que.


Q. How difficult is the Annapurna circuit with ABC Trek?

Annapurna Circuit with ABC Trek is considered moderate to fairly strenuous grade trekking and suitable for everybody. People who have general physical fitness can do the trekking, If have previous hiking and camping experience is more easy to do the trek, you can train yourself  for this trek. As needed to walk 5/6 hours every day so if  you can train yourself  by jogging, running, yoga will be much more easier for you.


Q. How should I prepare for the trek?

The main things in the trek is one should able to walk 5-6 hours every day in rough rocky trail, so every day short walk up to 1 hour,1,2 month before the trek  is best suggestion, jogging, yoga will be also advisable.


Q. Can I trek as solo women, is it safe?

There is never problem trekking with solo women or join in the group, we have operated trek for many single female traversal our guide and porters are honest, trust worthy, reliable and carefully chosen for your trips, you will not face any problem trekking with your guide, you will meet many like minded travelers during the trail.


Q. Can I drink the local water during the trek?

You can use the chlorine tablets and used the same water as locals do. bottled water also  available throughout the trek  but the prices are expensive, you can get a boiled or hot water also in the guest house, wise is get the water purification tablets and use the normal water.


Q. Can I charge my gadgets?

Yes, you can charge batteries along the trek (US$2-3 per hour) most of the  guest houses have electricity facilities. You may want to consider bringing a solar charger which is now widely available.


Q. Can I buy a Sim Card in Nepal and will it work on the trek?

You can buy the Ncell Sim very easily (you need passport photo and passport copy). It worked at most places during the trekking.


Q. Bank and ATM services are available or not?

Yes, you will have facilities like bank and ATM service in Pokhara and Muktinath. In both the mentioned places there are banks and ATM service, but it's better to carry cash as it's uncertain to function.


Q. Am I too old to do this trek?

We saw older people on the trail more easily they finish the trek, this trek is suitable for 2 years to 80 years old people, for baby we provide the extra porter to carry and have already organize a trek for many families with their small children’s. People who have passion for mountain can do this trek.


Q. What type of shoes should I buy?

Good comfortable trekking shoes is the most important for the trek, for shorter trek tennis shoes or snickers is ok while longer treks requites the good boots have good ankle support, plenty of tow room for long descents, a bit like timberland, they are a bit heavier, but most importantly you want to get those that wrap the angle, this prevents you from twisting your ankles on uneven grounds. Good lightweight trekking boots or light all leather boots are perfect. Proper fit is a must for boots and must be lightly worn before use it for trekking.


Q.What if I get sick while on trek?

It depends on nature of sickness. Normally if you get sick you will descend to lower altitude with help of support staff. But if the case is critical we will arrange emergency helicopter evacuation service. Our guide will take immediate action according to the situation. Altitude sickness can affect everyone while trekking including young and healthy people and is a genuine concern.  If you feel dizzy, suffer palpitations or severe headaches, return immediately to a lower altitude. Do not take altitude sickness lightly. It can be fatal! 

These are the questions we are often asked and we hope that you will find the answers useful. We are often asked the above questions and we hope that you will find the answers useful. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions or just want to have a chat about the trek.

September, 2017

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Annapurna Round Trekking August

I have hiked in the Annapurna circuit from besisahar to jomsom. Puru choose an excellent guide and organized the land-air connections. everything went smoothly. the guide was very knowledgable, experienced and helpful. I had a really beautiful rainy season Nepal experience.

Annapurna Circuit with ABC Trek
2013-09-24
Rated 5 / 5 stars

Annapurna Circuit Trekking April 28, 2009

Just finished the Annapurna Circuit trek. Fully impressed by Puru’s services, Our guide Ramesh and our Porter Ramsaran were great. Very helpful and always trying to please. Getting Above the Himalaya Trekking services was one of the best decision we made. Our holiday was so easy and stress free, Puru took care of every thing.

We highly recommend our guide and porter, they provided lot of laughs and were a masor part in making our trop a great experience.

Thanks for making our holiday great!!

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Canada

Annapurna Circuit with ABC Trek
2013-09-24
Rated 5 / 5 stars

Annapurna Circuit Trekking

We highly recommend Puru and his 'Above the Himalaya Trekking Company' to anyone who is looking for a professional travel company for any treks,tours through Nepal. We had arranged a trek to EBC but due to poor weather was unable to fly out of Katmandu. Peru promptly re- organised an amazing and adventurous trip through the Annapurna Ranges at no extra cost to us and even at times a cost to himself. Peru is efficient, honest and practical with his advice and nothing is too much trouble for him. His guides and porters are of excellent standing who were very experience and knowledgeable about the effects of acclimatisation.

 

Thankyou Puru for making our trip a success,

Annapurna Circuit with ABC Trek
2013-09-25
Rated 5 / 5 stars

Annapurna Circuit Trekking

I can highly recommend the Above Himalaya trekking for taking care of everything quickly and promptly.

Mr. Puru Timalsena is the man who to trust. I twisted and broke my ankle during my trekking, and Mr. Timalsena and his staff took care of everything: arranging things with my insurance company, arranging emergency rescue from the mountains, ambulance waiting for me at the Kathmandu's airport, hospital, and hotels and transportation after the hospital stay. They even visited me every day while I was staying at the hospital. You can really trust Mr. Timalsena also at the situations, when things are not going like expected.

About the trekking part, would like to hear more about the culture, nature and other things from the guide while trekking.

When my leg is good again and have enough money to go back, I will definitely choose Above Himalaya trekking agency again!

Annapurna Circuit with ABC Trek
2013-09-25
Rated 5 / 5 stars

Annapurna Circuit Trekking

I would like to recommend "Above the Himalaya Trekking" agency, which provided an excellent, top notch service to us this October. Special kudos go to Mr. Puru Timalsena (Managing director) and our guide, Mr. Dipak Karki.

It all started with an inquiry about the price of a mountain flight to Everest. Our emails were answered very promptly and professionally. Since we were planning to trek the Annapurna Circuit, we decided to put our trust in this agency and hire a porter/guide through it. For us, two inexperienced trekkers from Israel (actually, it was the very first trek for both of us) the top priority was to hire a very good guide.

It turned out that our choice was correct. Mr. Dipak Karki, is a very experienced (it was his 19th Annapurna circuit) and friendly guide. His English is also really good. It was a joy to trek with him. Mr. Puru Timalsena booked excellent hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara (much better than we were able to find ourselves). He also provided a lot of other services, like confirming our Nepal Airlines tickets or picking us up at the airport.

So our stay in Nepal was very pleasant and our Annapurna circuit trek was a huge success. Without any prior experience in trekking, we were able to hike some 300 km, visit the remote Tilicho Lake and cross the Thorong La. I am very grateful for all the service, provided by "Above the Himalaya Trekking" agency.

Annapurna Circuit with ABC Trek
2015-09-19
Rated 5 / 5 stars

Trip Facts & Figures:

Duration: 22 days

Max. Altitude: Thorung La pass (5416m)

Trek Grade: Fairly Strenuous

Best Travel Time: February to Mid June, September - November are the best seasons. Dec & January are Winter and cold can be snow on the trail, July & August are rainy time, trekking can be done but visibility can be poor due to rain.

Trip Snippets: 22 days, 4 night’s hotels, 17 nights Lodges, Breakfast in the city and All meals on trek are included

Departure Dates: We are able to offer this trek on any dates during the months Feb, March, April, May, June, Sept, Oct, November and December for a group of 1 to 12 people.

Equipment rental: We advise you to bring all of your clothing and gear from home, however in Kathmandu there are many shops to buy and rent trek related equipment

Your trek Back pack/duffle bag: Your baggage on trek will be carried by our porters, the maximum weight per trekkers is 15kg including your sleeping bag and down jacket, Other items not required on trek can be stored in our office or your hotel in Kathmandu or Pokhara

Transportation: Tourist Bus, Private Car/Van,Plane.

Activity:
City tour, Trekking

Photos

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Trekking Map:

Gear List

Personal necessary

The following basic equipments checklists should help you with your packing. Please remember that you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. At the start of the trek your packed trek bag should weigh not more than 33 pounds or 15 kg.

01. Back pack (60 ltr -70 ltr) - with comfortable shoulder straps, frame, and back pack cover (line the bag with polythene).
02. Waterproof Trekking shoes with spare laces – recommended high ankle with good grips,
03. Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
04. 2 synthetic /waterproof Track Pants
05: T-shirts - 3
06. Fleece jacket or pullover or Sweater also recommended
07. 1 Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
08. 1 Down Jacket or Gore Tex Jacket heavy one
09. Thermal Inners.
10. Socks, Cotton 2/3 pairs, Woolen 2/3 pairs
11. 2 pair Lightweight gloves, in winter recommended, Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer
12. Sun hat/Woolen cap, or scarf
13. Sun protection cream.
14. Underwear (6)
15. Hiking shorts (2)
16. Lip Balm/ cold cream.
17. Walking Stick – recommend having it minimum 1

 
Other necessary equipments

1. Sleeping bag rated to (-20 degree Celsius), if traveling in winter sleeping bag liner also recommended
2. Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
3. Personal Medical Kit
4. Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry inside trek bag
5. Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
6. Water bottles (2) 1 Liter each.
7. Toiletries
8. Quick dry Towel- It should be light / thin.

For more ideas what should bring please visit the Equipment list Or get back to us on puru@abovethehimalaya.com