Annapurna Circuit Trek 18 Days

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destination Annapurna
duration 18 Days
grade Moderate
start/end point Kathmandu/Kathmandu
region Annapurna
max altitude 5416m
group size 2-10
meal All inclusive
activity 5-6 hours
accommodation Hotel/Teahouse
season All season

We Offer Group Discount

No. Of People Price Per Person
Pax 1 USD 1,590
Pax 2 USD 1,490
Pax 3 USD 1,450
Pax 4 to 6 USD 1,390
Pax 7 to 12 USD 1,350
Pax 13 to 18 USD 1,290
Pax 19 to 24 USD 1,250
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Annapurna Circuit Trek 18 Days

This amazing and very popular 18-day trek on the Annapurna Circuit begins in Kathmandu and takes you through the Annapurna Conservation Area, visiting unique culturally rich Tibetan Buddhist Gurung and Magar villages, along trails bounded by magnolia and rhododendron forests. You will follow the route of early traders along the old salt route, be surrounded by soaring snow-capped peaks, witness unique flora and fauna before finally returning to Kathmandu. All accommodation, meals, and transport are included in the price!

Trekking to the Annapurna circuit is a true classic trek in Annapurna Region! Trekkers from all around the world have hailed it as one of the best trekking in the world with its explore to Thorong La Pass, amazing mountain vistas and pristine areas of natural beauty. There are certainly challenges along the way to reach our highest point of the trek elevation at 5416 meters; the Thorong La Pass is a tough feat but believes us when we say, it is worth the effort! When we witness the panoramic views of the mighty Himalayas and experience the warm welcome from the local people, you will surely agree with us 18 Days Annapurna Circuit trek is not to be missed.

This 18-day trek takes you to the districts of Manang and Mustang, the only Nepali districts “across” the Himalayas and completely surrounded by the Annapurna Range. We follow the Marsyangdi River from the Beshisahar, all the way to Thorong La Phedi, crossing its crystal, icy waters many times on impressive suspension bridges.

Sherpa Expedition & Trekking will ensure your safety and comfort at all times to make this an enjoyable adventure into the wilds of the Annapurna region.

ITINERARY

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A representative from Sherpa Expedition Teams will be there to meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel in Thamel, followed by a briefing covering information about the trek. Tonight you will stay at a 3-star hotel in Thamel.

Today we first head to Besisahar and will then take a jeep to Syange. This drive gives you to introduce you to the terrain and give you a taste of what to expect along the trail. From Syange we will have an easy trek to Jagat.

The first leg of our trek today takes us to the village of Chamje. Along the trail we pass over the river on a suspension bridge and trek through an oak forest before coming out in a valley. We then pass through Kodo before coming to Dharapani.

Today we follow a mule trail through oak and maple forest. On the trail you will have some great mountain views before arriving at Chame.

This morning we pass through the village of Telekhu and on the trail have some wonderful views of Annapurna and Pisang (6091m) until we have to re-cross the river on a suspension bridge to the south bank of the Marsyangdi River. We then ascend passing through a pine forest as we trek through the upper reaches of the Manang valley to Pisang.

Pisang is where our trek in the upper Manang region begins. Today we first head to Braga; a Tibetan village with its distinctive architecture and houses constructed one upon the other. One of the main features here is its Gompa (temple), the largest in the entire Manang region. Manang is also a popular stopping off point with trekkers and is also the perfect place to acclimatize before heading higher.

Medical professionals vigorously recommend that before heading higher that trekkers spend time acclimatizing. They also suggest that you are active during this period. Today we will head up to Khangsar (3756m) as a way to assist us in the acclimatization process. We will stay overnight at Manang.

This morning we start out on a 10.4 km ascent to Yak Kharka passing through juniper forests along the way. On the trail we may see yak grazing in these alpine pastures. We will pass the only teahouse on this leg of the route at Thorong Khola. Depending on the weather conditions and energy levels of us trekkers we may decide to go a little further and stay overnight at the village of Letdar.

We gradually get used to the higher altitudes as we follow the trail along the east bank of the Jarang Khola (river) and on the trail come across some steep bluffs before coming to Thorong Phedi (meaning foothills). If we are lucky we may see blue sheep and possibly the very secretive snow leopard. This is also home to Lammergeyer (bearded vulture). There is also a belief that the mythical griffons inhabit this region (a mythical creature with a lion’s body and bird’s head).

Today is going to be a tough day on the trail as we trek for around 7 to 8 hours at higher altitudes. There are also strong winds in these upper regions that make it harder going too. Along the trail, we may pass sheep, yaks and merchants transporting their goods on their backs or on mules. At Thorong La Pass we will have some breathtaking views of Annapurna, Gangapurna and the distinct eye-catching peak of Khatungkang (6484m). We then descend for about 1600 meters. We can also see Mt. Dhaulagiri, (Dhavali giri, meaning “White Mountain”) the highest mountain that is entirely within the borders of Nepal. The trail is more undulating and less hard going as we head to Muktinath where we stay overnight.

The trail today follows the deepest gorge in the world - the Kali Gandaki Valley to Marpha. Marpha is home to many apple orchids and is where they have a reputation for making great apple brandy, apple cider and other drinks. This is a great place to stop for the night and sample a few products!

Today we continue along the trail along the banks next to the Kali Gandaki River to Ghasa.

Today we trek through the Magar village of Kopchepani and continue through the Kali Gandaki River valley to Tatopani (meaning hot/water in Nepali). This is an ideal place to sit back in these therapeutic hot springs and unwind.

Today you can wander around the village and explore the nearby countryside, or hop back in the hot springs and relax.

Today we have a long trek and first, come to the villages of Ghara and Shikhar after crossing a suspension bridge over the Kali Gandaki River. We then head through the lush forest and several other villages until we arrive at Ghorepani. On the trail, we have stunning views of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, and other snow-covered peaks of the Annapurna Mountain range.

In the very early hours of the morning, we trek the short distance to Poon hill to watch the sunrise over the mountains. This is truly an amazing and unforgettable scene that will leave you breathless. As dawn approaches the change in colors will have your camera going crazy as you snap away at the ever-changing scenes of the sun rising over the Annapurnas, Dhaulagiri, and its other snow-capped peaks. This is without a doubt one of the best places in Nepal to capture mountain views. We then descend to Ghorepani for breakfast and then have a 5-hour descent to Nayapul. The first part of this trail to Tikhedhunga is very steep, and then we pass terraced fields for several hours before arriving at Nayapul from where we leave by bus for Pokhara.

Today we take the bus back to Kathmandu. On arrival, you will be taken to your hotels in Thamel. You can spend the remainder of the day wandering the narrow winding streets and catch up on some last-minute shopping. You may also decide to find a lovely café or bar to celebrate the completion of your epic mountain journey.

A representative from Sherpa Expedition Teams will take you to the airport at least 3 hours prior to your departure. On your way home you may already be planning your next adventure to this stunning mountainous country.

SERVICES

Cost Included In Your Package

  • Airport pick-up and drop services on a private vehicle.
  • Two night’s hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Kathmandu - Syange transfers on a local bus, Pokhara - Kathmandu transportation on a Tourist bus
  • Nayapul To Pokhara transportation on a Private car.
  • One night hotel accommodation in Pokhara with breakfast
  • Three meals a day [Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner] during the trek
  • Accommodation on beautiful cozy tea houses as per the itinerary
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) entry permits and Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) cards
  • Experienced English speaking, government licensed and ministry of tourism trained trekking guide with meals, accommodation, salary and insurance
  • Strong experienced Sherpa helpers [porters] with meals, accommodation, salary, and insurance
  • Assistant trekking guide for groups over 8 people with meals, accommodation, salary, and insurance
  • Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, duffel bag and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
  • Comprehensive first aid medical kit carried by the guide / American medical association approved Oximeter
  • Necessary paper works, all government, and local taxes, company service charges
  • Trip achievement certificate after successful trip completion.
  • Oxygen meter to check your pulse and oxygen saturation and heart rate twice daily (Very useful to check Altitude Mountain Sickness(AMS) symptoms) which will ensure your health during the trek.

Cost Excludes

  • Meals whilst you are in Kathmandu Lunch and Dinner.
  • Meals in Pokhara.
  • Nepal entry visa fee.
  • Your Travel and medical rescue insurance(recommended).
  • International airfare.
  • All the alcoholic and nonalcoholic, soup, tea, coffee, hot chocolate, cocoa, mineral water, extra food, cold and hot drinks on trek ( i.e. those you choose to purchase along the way and during evenings in the tea houses)
  • All desserts & sweet things like chocolate, cake, pie, pudding.
  • Hot shower and battery charging at the tea houses.
  • Tips for the guide, porter, and driver (tipping is expected)

EQUIPMENTS

The following information will give you some idea about what you need to bring for the trek. It is important you do not forget the essential items, as this will determine your comfort and safety on the trek. Equally important is that you do not burden yourself with unnecessary equipment on the trek.

  • Sleeping Bag (Sherpa Teams will provide but need to return after completing the trip)
  • Duffel Bag (Sherpa Teams will provide but need to return after completing the trip)
  • Fleece jacket or pullover
  • Waterproof windbreaker or windcheater
  • Thermal underclothes
  • Rain poncho
  • Down jacket (Sherpa Teams will provide but need to return after completing the trip)
  • Fleece or wool trousers
  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Trekking pants (two pairs)
  • Mittens or woolen gloves
  • Hiking socks (several pairs)
  • Moisture-wicking shirts, including t-shirts
  • Trekking shoes or boots with spare laces
  • Flip-flops or sandals for relaxing in the evenings
  • Underwear (several pairs)
  • Swimsuit or swimming costume
  • Sunglasses
  • Headlamp or flashlight/torch
  • Sleeping bag (Sherpa Teams can provide this for you)
  • Trekking poles (if desired)
  • Hiking backpack with a capacity of at least 40 liters
  • Small lock for your backpack
  • Reusable water bottles (at least two liters)
  • Water purification tablets or filtration device
  • Wash towel
  • Basic first aid kit

Toiletries (tissues, toilet paper, moisturizer, lip balm, sunscreen, sanitary pads, hand sanitizer, nail clippers, a small mirror, toothbrush, toothpaste, glasses, contacts, etc.)

GOOD TO KNOW

Accommodation

You will be accommodated in 3-star hotels in Kathmandu. During the trek, we will be staying at lodges/ teahouses. You may find comfort and better quality teahouses - having attached bathroom at lower levels- until you reach higher elevations, where the accommodation is more basic with bare necessities. 

Meals during the trek

 In Kathmandu, your hotel includes breakfast, whereas all meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) will be provided during the trek. A staple food of the Manang & Mustang regions is potatoes, oats, buckwheat, Sherpa stew, and Tibetan bread. Sherpa’s’ started farming potatoes when the first seeds were introduced to the region in the early 90s. There is a limited choice of food at higher elevations and except many potato dishes. Potatoes are high in carbohydrates – an excellent source of energy needed at high altitudes.

Transportation

We use a private car for sightseeing and for the airport to hotel pick and drop off. We use public transportation or local buses during the trek. 

Physical fitness

This can be a challenging trek where you often have to walk 6-7 hours a day. You need past experience of hiking or trekking but if you have done any kind of trekking activities then it is always a plus! We have met people from all walks of life, shapes, and sizes who have completed the trek. The only difficult part is when altitude sickness strikes and the effect that it can have on your body. Before leaving for Nepal it is good if you can prepare yourself physically by increasing your stamina and oxygen intake. 

Remember – The better prepared – the more enjoyable your trek!

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The total length of the Annapurna Circuit Trek is approximately 160-230 kilometers, depending on the specific route taken.

On average, it takes around 15-20 days to complete the Annapurna Circuit Trek, including rest days and acclimatization days.

The best time to do the Annapurna Circuit Trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. These months offer clear skies, moderate temperatures, and stable weather conditions.

Yes, you will need to obtain the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and the Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) card to trek the Annapurna Circuit. These permits can be obtained in Kathmandu or Pokhara.

The Annapurna Circuit Trek is considered to be a moderately difficult trek. It involves steep ascents and descents, high altitude, and long walking hours. However, with proper preparation and acclimatization, it can be completed by individuals with a reasonable level of fitness.

Yes, there are numerous tea houses, lodges, and guesthouses along the Annapurna Circuit Trek route. These provide accommodation and meals for trekkers. It is advisable to book your accommodation in advance during peak trekking seasons.

The Annapurna Circuit Trek offers stunning views of the Himalayan peaks, including Annapurna I, II, III, IV, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre (Fishtail), and Manaslu. The trek also takes you through diverse landscapes, including lush valleys, terraced fields, rhododendron forests, and high mountain passes like Thorong La.

While it is not mandatory, it is highly recommended to hire a guide and porter for the Annapurna Circuit Trek. A guide can provide valuable information about the route, culture, and ensure your safety, while a porter can help carry your heavy backpack and ease the physical load.

Altitude sickness can be a concern during the Annapurna Circuit Trek, especially when crossing high passes like Thorong La (5,416 meters). It is important to acclimatize properly, drink plenty of water, and ascend slowly to minimize the risks.

Some essential items to pack for the Annapurna Circuit Trek include sturdy hiking boots, warm clothing, a good quality backpack, sleeping bag, trekking poles, water purification tablets, first aid kit, sunscreen, and a headlamp, among others.

We Offer Group Discount

No. Of People Price Per Person
Pax 1 USD 1,590
Pax 2 USD 1,490
Pax 3 USD 1,450
Pax 4 to 6 USD 1,390
Pax 7 to 12 USD 1,350
Pax 13 to 18 USD 1,290
Pax 19 to 24 USD 1,250
  • Best Price Guarantee
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  • Your Happiness Guaranteed
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All Inclusive Cost

USD 1,390

Per Person

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