Round Annapurna Trek
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Round Annapurna Trek is known as fully round and the best Trek in the world. Experiencing the Himalayas this trek gives you the opportunity to enjoy and view the great villages of Gurung, Magar, Thakali and Tamangs. In general, the Round Annapurna Trek or Annapurna Circuit Trek takes about 18 to 23 days to finish depending on your pace and the time you want to spend on each place on the way. The advice is- do it easy and slowly as it will be beneficial for your health (acclimatization to heights should be done gradually). Also, the places are so beautiful, so take your time to enjoy each and every moment.
Firstly, the Trek takes you up to the Marsyangdi River, and then you will cross the amazing "Thorung-La" pass (5416m) and complete the route while descending through Kali-Gandaki River. During the Trek, you actually surround the Annapurna ridge, which includes the highest peaks; among them some are over 8000m. You will be following different valleys and canyons and also walk besides rushing streams, which pound over white granite rocks and through deep pools. The exploration of lush fields and forests to the mountains into the desert-dry Trans will be one of the different experiences you will ever receive.
Moreover, the most Trekked area of Nepal i.e. Annapurna region has a great variety of landscapes, natural and cultural beauty of central Himalaya. It is the most challenging and wonderful Trek that encircles the Annapurna range, and collection of huge ever snow-capped ranges. Similarly, the view of world's highest mountains glowing in the pastel light of dawn and dusk will take your breath away for a moment. You will get the chance to view the panoramic scenes of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Manaslu, Mt. Nilgiri, Mt. Fishtail (also known as Machhapuchhare), Mt. Hiunchuli, Mt. Lamjung Himal and so forth from the vintage point Poon Hill. Similarly, the Trail follows scared Buddhist and Hindu Shrines "Muktinath" passing through every type of vegetation zones from Jomsom. The picturesque Manang and Mustang valley, magnificent Kaligandaki and Marsyangdi River, varied ecosystems, green paddy fields and oak forest, arid deserts, the deepest gorge in the world will make this trek one of the memorable Trek. Best Travel Time for this Trek is February - May, September – November. This Trekking area has good Trekkers lodge (Teahouse) facilities managed by Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) and eco-aware local people.
The trek is perfect for first-time visitors to Nepal, who are new to trekking. Normally three weeks is required to make your journey full of excitement and exploration. We 'Above the Himalaya Trekking Pvt. Ltd' arrange Round Annapurna Circuit Trek throughout the year as your convenience. It can be a lifetime experience with us to the world of biodiversity and an enchanting thrill in the mystery of distinct culture.
Day 01: Greetings at Kathmandu Airport
Day 02: A full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu, (The Capital City)
Day 03: Drive Kathmandu to Besi Sahar (820m)
Day 04: Besisahar/Bhulbhule to Bahundanda (1270m): walking distance 5 hours
Day 05: Bahundanda to Chamje (1410m): walking distance 4-5 hours
Day 06: Chamje to Bagarchhap (2160m): walking distance 5-6 hours
Day 07: Bagarchhap to Chame (2710m): walking distance 5-6 hours
Day 08: Chame to Pisang (3210m): walking distance 4-5 hours
Day 09: Pisang to Manang (3520m): walking distance 6-7 hours
Day 10: Acclimatization day at Manang (3520m)
Day 11: Manang to Chure Letdar (4250m) : walking distance 3-5 hours
Day 12: Churi Letdar to Thorung Phedi (4400m) : walking distance 2 hours
Day 13: Thorung Phedi trek to Muktinath (3800m) : walking distance 6-8 hours
Day 14: Muktinath to Marpha (2665m) : walking distance 6-7 hours
Day 15: Marpha to Ghasa (2000m) : walking distance 6 hours
Day 16: Ghasa to Tatopani (1180m): walking distance 4-6 hours
Day 17: Tatopani to Ghorepani (2775m): walking distance 6-7 hours
Day 18: Ghorepani to Hile (1495m): walking distance 4-5 hours
Day 19: Hile to Pokhara: walking distance 3 hours and 1 hour drive
Day 20: Pokhara to Kathmandu, Take a 25 minutes flight or 6-7 hour Drive.
Day 21: 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 be taken for a full day sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley. You can visit center of pilgrimage Pashupatinath Temple and Swyambhunath, very ancient and essentially enlisted in UNESCO World Heritage sites. The biggest Buddhist Stupa at Boudhnath might make you feel calm and peace and visit Patan the city of fine arts and Durbar Square is full of Hindu temples and Buddhist monuments. On journey back to hotel, you can explore the local areas, gullies and lifestyle. After your dinner, you can perhaps take leisurely stroll through the famous streets like Thamel and Durbarmarga.
Day 3: Drive Kathmandu to Besi Sahar (820m)
Take a vehicle or tourist bus to Besi Sahar, about 6 hours drive. If you reach Besi Sahar at lunch time, it's possible to take a bus or hike along the road to Bhulbule same day.
Day 4: Besisahar/Bhulbhule to Bahundanda (1270m) : walking distance - 17 km
Beyond Bhulule, the trail travels up the east bank of the river, past an impressive 60m waterfall that is surrounded by a tropical tree called a pandanus or screw pine. Watch the Langur monkeys playing in the treetops. The path wanders through extensive views of Mt. Manaslu and Ngadi Chuli. Cross the Sisneri khola and pass the unfinished base of a long-promised power plant to reach a tibtean settlement. A steep walk via subtropical forest and small hamlets to Bahundanda(1270m), an attractive village in the saddle of a long ridge.
Day 5: Bahundanda to Chamje (1410m) : walking distance -13 km
Descend on a steep, rocky trail past golden amphitheatre-shaped rice terraces. A climb over a ridge leads to the pleasant village of Kanigaon (1170m). The end of the town offers the best view of the huge waterfall across the Marsyangdi. 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 Chamje.
Day 6: Chamje to Bagarchhap (2160m) : walking distance - 12 km
Cross to the east bank of the Marsyangdi and follow the trail along the river embankment. Climb past fields, then through stands of bamboo and rhododendron to an exposed trail that traverses high above the steep riverbank. A relatively long walk today, we cross barely and potato fields to reach Dharapani. Beyond Dharapani, the wide trail climbs gradually over a spur. An hour work to Bagarchhap through a forest of a blue pine, spruce, hemlock, maple and oak, offers typical Tibetan architecture. The trail has entered the Manang region with site our first Tibetan Monastery and the occasional glimpses of Annapurna II (7937m) and Lamjung Himal (6986m).
Day 7: Bagarchhap to Chame (2710m) : walking distance - 13 km
The trail stays on the south bank of the river, climbing through forests to Danaque (2210m), valley surrounded by apples orchards. Climb steeply crisscrossing section of the road through rhododendron forest. 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 8: Chame to Pisang (3210m) : walking distance 4-5 hours, 600 meters ascent
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 9: Pisang to Manang : walking distance 6-7 hours, 540 meters ascent and 310 meters descent - 20 km
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. Hiking 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 10: Acclimatization day at Mannag
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 11: Manang to Chure Letdar (4250m) : walking distance 3-5 hours, 720 meters ascent - 10 km
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 12: Churi Letdar to Thorung Phedi (4400m) : walking distance 2 hours, 240 meters ascent- 5 km
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 13: Thorung Phedi trek to Muktinath (3800m) : walking distance 6-8 hours, 1040 meters ascent and 1620 meters descent - 16 km
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 14: Muktinath to Marpha (2665m) : walking distance 6-7 hours, - 25 km
After enjoying the temple and the religious shrines of Muktinath, we head down the steep, barren hillside to Kagbeni. Kagbeni still feels like a medieval village, with its closely packed mud houses and dark tunnels. Situated at an auspicious river confluence, it is also the gateway to Upper Mustang. The easy and lovely day walking trail continues the interesting and picturesque old town and large Dechenling and Tashi Lhankhang Monasteries. Marpha is the main inhabitants of the ethnic group of Thakalis which has been favourite amongst the trekkers.
Day 15: Marpha to Ghasa (2000m) : walking distance - 24 km
The next day trail follows the Kaligandaki River through the narrow gorge, passing through traditional Thakali villages. The village of Ghasa marks a cultural and ecological milestone. It’s a nice village with greenery and wide open spaces. We spend our night here in Ghasa.
Day 16: Ghasa to Tatopani (1180m) : walking distance 4-6 hours, 90 meters ascent and 900 meters descent- 13 km
A lovely day walks along Kaligandaki riverside, gradually descending with transition into sub tropical vegetation. Very interesting suspension bridges to be crossed which gives you the exciting sense of trekking. 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 17: Tatopani to Ghorepani (2775m) : walking distance 6-7 hours, 1750 meters ascent and 140 meters descent- 17 km
Trail ascends steeply through dense moss-covered rhododendron forest with rich bird life. We pass some small villages and walk alongside the Ghaja Khola. Its about 7-8 hours work all the way up to Ghorepani.
Day 18: Ghorepani to Hile (1495m) : walking distance - 9 km
Early morning trek up to Poonhil, One of the best Himalayan view points in Nepal poonhill provides an unobstructed view of sunrise over the high Himalayas . From poonhill one can enjoy spectacular view of Dhaulagiri I (8167m), Tukuche Peak Nilgiri (6940m), Annapurna South, Annapurna I (8091m), Hiunchuli (6441m) and Tarke Kang (7193m), Gangapurna (7454m), Lamjung Himal (6986m), Mt Fishtail ( Macchapuchre 6997m), Tent Peak and many more High Himalayas. Trek down to Ghorepani and after breakfast start downhill trekking to Hile.
Day 19: Hile to Pokhara : walking distance - 7 km
Trek to Birethanti via Nayapul walk through the lust, green Modi river valley. Past waterfalls with plunge pools that invite you to swim. Explore the various interesting places like Mahendra Cave, David's fall and the various lakes of Pokhara. Stay at Pokhara hotel.
Day 20: Pokhara to Kathmandu, Take a 25 minutes flight or 6/7 hour Drive.
Take a flight or drive by tourist bus/Private car 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. You can have a greetings exchanging among friends and with all Nepalese people.
Day 21: Final Departure
We will take you to the International Airport for your convenience. Wish you a happy journey in the traditional and cultural way of us Nepalese and Good-Bye with a hope to see you again.
(The above itinerary is older version of Annapurna round trekking, from Besisahsahar to near by Manang and Jomsom to Tatopani has road now and we can shorten the trek by driving also, in the itinerary we will mostly avoide the road and take alternate trail, the itinerary can be tailor made as per clients request, we can make the itinerary more shorter by cutting day 02 city tour and take a local jeep or bus on the trail where is road, 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)
- Kathamndu to Besisahar transport by lcoal bus ( private car/van are available by adding extra cost)
- Nayapaul to Pokhara transport by private car, Pokhara to Kathmandu transport by tourist bus ( Private car or flight available by 7 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, Local jeep transport if use in between the trekking route.
- Tips for tour/ trekking staffs and driver
- Any expense for early returning member due sickness, injury or any other reason. No refund will be entertained for any unused service.
- Extra expense occurred due to unexpected circumstances like cancellation of Internal flights, floods, strike etc.
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
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 Round?
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 Round?
Mainly we have 2 seasons Annapurna Round 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 Round is considered 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 Round Trek?
Annapurna Round Trek is considered moderate to Strenuous trek and suitable for those who are moderately fit. The treks involve more walking up and down and climb to higher altitudes, where you will be rewarded with close-up views of big mountains. One should work often rough trails, rock and boulder at least 5-6 hours each day and crossing 4500m above high altitude passes, the treks will reach 5416m at Thorong La. People 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.
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 likeminded 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 timberlands, 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. If you have a some minor health problem we will give you our medicine, our guide will take immediate action according to the situation, for worse case we will arrange a helicopter consulting with your Insurance company and rescue you, altitude is not big issue trek nearly 3000m.
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.
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Annapurna Round Trekking
Above The Himalaya Trekking Company handed all the details of our Trek very throughly
Our guide Basu was the best guide of anyone else we met on the trekking. He took great care of us when we get sick, he was flexible to accommodate all of our wishes + he was great company to have for 15 days!
We would travel again with them in the future
Annapurna Circuit Trek March 2008
Puru arranged everything and saved us a lot of time. We went Hari the porter. Hari was strong knowledgeable and tailored the hike to our needs. We highly recommend him.
Nice plan to stay a long the way (especially...) Tukche dutch bakery, Ghasa Eagle?s nest Manang Tilicho hotel, Kagbeni New Annapurna Lodge.
Thanks Above the Himalaya Trekking and team fro the best hike yet?.
Tel Aviv Israiel
Annapurna round trek Oct 2008
My wife and I just completed the Annapurna circuit and Muktinath to Puru for organizing a great and reliable person in Mithu. .And for hotel flight taxi. Puru managed to work around the vagaries of scribes/Overlooking of flight tickets and co-ordinate the hotel accommodation/alternate Travel arrangement at short notice.
Had a wonderful and memorable trek
Flat GA, Raintree Hall Apt # 16 Rhenhis street , Langoord Town , Bangalore India
Annapurna Circuit 27/3 for 16 days
We had the best Nepali Dancer as our porter. Mithu who proved himself over + over also Sujan, young, very fit and always smiling a good team!!
Kc was a good guide + loaded after us with great food. Every thing was organized well. Puru always replied to any queries he had very guiding + efficiently and got us out of trouble in Pokhara when we were caught with no flight back to Kathmandu through our own fault. Puru somehow managed to get us on -on how I dont know!! Dont hesitate to use these guys!!
From Preston England
Annapurna Round Trek - November, 2008
Great Trek, the Mountains are just magnificent. Thanks for arranging everything Puru
73 Elm Rd , USA .
Trip Facts & Figures:
Duration: 21 Days Arrival to Departure
Max. Altitude: Throng La Pass (5416 m)
Trek Grade: Fairly Strenuous
Best Travel Time: February - May, September - November are the best seasons. However, Dec and January are winter and can be snow on the trail, June, July & August rainy season, trekking can be done but the views may not that great due to poor visibility on the rainy day.
Trip Snippets: 21 days, 4 night’s hotels, 16 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
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.
8. Quick dry Towel- It should be light / thin.
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