Annapurna circuit trek

Annapurna Circuit Trek

Spectacular trekking with high mountain pass

19 Days 5,416m/17,770ft
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Quick Facts

Trip Duration 19 Days Trip Grading Moderate to fairly challenging
Max Altitude 5,416m/17,770ft Best TimeMarch - May
Sept - Nov
Trip ModeTeahouse / Lodge Group SizeMin 1 Max 15
Overview

Our Annapurna Circuit Trek itinerary has been devised keeping every aspects in mind, avoiding motor roads, side excursion to the old villages, proper acclimatization to Ice Lake and carefully planned itinerary to ensure you don’t miss out on anything. We have achieved over 95 % success rate on Thorung La Pass without use of high altitude medicines with our well devised itinerary.     

Trip Highlights

  • One of the famous trekking trail in the world
  • Traverse Thorong la Pass at 5416m
  • High mountain range, beautiful landscapes and diverse cultures
  • Famous hill station (Poonhill)

Trip Overview

Gear up for classic Annapurna Circuit Trek in which you shall cover 128-mile horseshoe- shaped route that encircles the mighty Annapurna Mountain Range. Annapurna I- the tallest among Annapurna Range stands tall at 8091m making it the world’s tenth highest mountain. Opened to foreigners only since 1980s, the chances of witnessing more than ten different cultures of ethnic locals and going through the wide variation in vegetation and geographical terrain ranging from world’s deepest Kali Gandaki Gorge to the world’s highest mountain pass of Thorong La at 5416m soon made Annapurna Circuit Trekking the Holy Grail among trekkers.

Embark your journey through sprawling rhododendron forest. Enjoy the close-up looks of Annapurna I (8091m) to the east and Dhaulagiri (8167m) to the west. Cross the challenging yet rewarding Thorong La Pass(5416m) and seek for salvation at sacred Muktinath Temple. Begin your trek from the hot and humid farmland of Besisahar and continue walking through the valleys that cut through the mountains.

Acknowledging your love for nature and solitude, we have handpicked the Annapurna Circuit Itinerary that allows us to avoid the road construction sites as far as possible.

Annapurna Thorong La Trek is a bit challenging yet rewarding experience. Both tea house trek and camping trek style can be adopted according to the interest. Crossing Thorong La is the most difficult part of this trek. Be prepared to walk for 5 to 6 hours a day.

Why Highland Expeditions?

- Equipment (Down Jacket, Sleeping bag wt liner, Duffel bag) worth of USD 300 provided for trekking

- Comprehensive first aid kit with oxygen backup for all high altitude treks

- Satellite phone for emergency purpose

- Fully guided trek with an expert leader and team of dedicated staff

- Medical trained staff with English language proficiency

- All meals (B,L,D) and accommodation included on trek

- Reasonable price with no hidden cost

- High staff to client ratio on all trips

- Higher success ratio

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01 : Arrival Kathmandu [1,350m/4,430ft]
  • Day 02 : Drive to Jagat. [1,290m/4,233ft]
  • Day 03 : Trek to Dharapani [1,860m/6,103ft]
  • Day 04 : Trek to Chame [2,715m/8,908ft]
  • Day 05 : Trek to Pisang [3,185m/10,450ft]
  • Day 06 : Trek to Manang [3,350m/10,991ft] via Ghyaru and Ngawal
  • Day 07 : Hike up to Ice Lake (4,600m/15,090ft) for acclimatization and free evening
  • Day 08 : Trek to Yak Kharka [4,130m/13,550ft]
  • Day 09 : Trek to Thorung Phedi. [4,400m/14,436ft]
  • Day 10 : Traverse Thorung-la [5,416m/17,770ft] and trek to Muktinath [3,800m/12,478ft]
  • Day 11 : Trek to Marpha [2,670m/8,760ft]
  • Day 12 : Trek to Lete, [2,480m/8,137ft]
  • Day 13 : Trek to Tatopani [1,190m/3,905ft]
  • Day 14 : Trek to Ghorepani [2,750m/9,023ft]
  • Day 15 : Early morning hike up to Poonhill [3,210m/10,532ft] and trek to Birethanti
  • Day 16 : Trek to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara[827m/2,714ft]
  • Day 17 : Drive to Kathmandu [1,350m/4,430ft]
  • Day 18 : Free day at leisure in Kathmandu [1,350m/4,430ft]
  • Day 19 : Transfer to Airport for the International departure.

Important Note: Your safety is of imperative concern while traveling with Highland Expeditions. Please take care to note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to your safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather or health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The trek leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.

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Map & Itinerary
  • Day 01 - Arrival Kathmandu [1,350m/4,430ft]

    Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, Nepal. Upon completing the visa formalities and collecting your luggages in the airport, kindly proceed to the exit of the arrival hall. Your trip leader will await you just outside the arrival hall and will escort you to your hotel in Kathmandu. Please look out for a placard of Highland Expeditions at the exit of arrival hall. Welcome drinks will be served and after you’ve refreshed, your trek leader will brief you about your trip in the lobby of your hotel in the evening. Get familiar with your surroundings by taking a walk down the street
    • Meal : None
    • Accommodation : Hotel
    • Trekking Hours : 0
  • Day 02 - Drive to Jagat. [1,290m/4,233ft]

    After early morning breakfast, we will head west and follow the Prithvi Highway along Trishuli River to the homeland of Central Himalaya including Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Machhapuchhre. The road offers an opportunity to have a view of rustic Nepal that comprises green hills, river, villages and snow-clad mountains at the backdrop. We will part our ways with the Highway at Dumre and choose the branched off route to Besisahar and continue to Jagat where we will stay overnight at a lodge.
    • Meal : B, L, D
    • Accommodation : Teahouse / Lodge
    • Trekking Hours : 8-9 hrs drive
  • Day 03 - Trek to Dharapani [1,860m/6,103ft]

    Our first day of Annapurna Circuit Trek, Early in the morning, we will lower down from Jagat village and follow the winding path along Marsyangdi River to the forest. Brief walk through sprawling forest will take us to Chamje village (1430m) from where we will cross the river and continue walking along its eastern edge. The trail takes brief ascend to the big village of Tal (1675m). Being clustered with tea houses and lodges, it will be fine idea to take our lunch at Tal. Enjoy the lunch in a serene atmosphere with mesmerizing natural views of surrounding valleys at Tal and take gradual ascend to Karte village. We need to cross the river at several points and move past valley and pretty tiny villages to arrive at Dharapani.
    • Meal : B, L, D
    • Accommodation : Teahouse / Lodge
    • Trekking Hours : 6-7 hrs
  • Day 04 - Trek to Chame [2,715m/8,908ft]

    Leaving Dharapani, we will head west through the rugged trail to arrive at Marsyangdi River. We will follow the river uphill to Manang Valley. We will be blessed with mesmerizing views of Annapurna II (7937m) and Annapurna IV Mountains. Trade with Tibetans is the chief occupation of locals in this region. Following the old trade route, we will climb uphill through the forested ridge of oak and maple to Dhanakyu (2290m). Moving further through the rock strewn path, we will reach Latemarang village (2360m). Passing through the forested ridges, we will reach Kotho (2590m). Descending trail from Kotho will take us to Chame (2670m) which is the administrative headquarters of the region. We will be greeted with views of Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II Mountain and Annapurna IV Mountain at Chame. Stay overnight at Chame.
    • Meal : B, L, D
    • Accommodation : Teahouse / Lodge
    • Trekking Hours : 6-7 hrs
  • Day 05 - Trek to Pisang [3,185m/10,450ft]

    Leaving Chame, we will cross over to the northern side of the river from where the trail stretches uphill through apple orchards to Bhratang village (2840m). This is marked as an old Khampa community. There will be change in terrain from this point. We will follow the rock-strewn path through tapered valley that is covered in thickets. Exiting from the forest, we will meet the river which we will cross over suspension bridge that is located somewhere above 3040m from sea level. We will get the first view of magnificent Paungda Danda which is the 1500 m wall of rock that stems up from the river. We will traverse the ridge decorated with prayer flags and stone cairns to arrive at Pisang. We will visit local gompa and stay overnight in a teahouse.
    • Meal : B, L, D
    • Accommodation : Teahouse / Lodge
    • Trekking Hours : 6-7 hrs
  • Day 06 - Trek to Manang [3,350m/10,991ft] via Ghyaru and Ngawal

    From Pisang, we will move along the north edge of the river uphill to the ridge via Ghyaru (3,670m/12,038ft) and Ngawal (3,660m/12,005ft) to Manang . This is going to be a long and slow climb as we cross the mark of 3600m height today for a part of our acclimatization. The climb is rewarding as we get breathtaking views of surrounding mountains of Annapurna 2, Annapurna 4, Annapurna 3 and Gangapura. We will lower down to the valley before continuing towards Hongde (3325m) village. Small airstrip is located at this village. Walking along the mani wall, we will reach Mungli from where we need to cross river. Walking along the northern shore, we will reach Braga (3475m). Lifestyle in this village is heavily influenced by neighboring Tibetans. Braga also boasts of housing the largest gompa in the district. The gompa preserves collection of ancient Tibetan thankas that are more than 500yrs old. Brief walk from Braga will take us to Manang village that comprises of about 500 homes, mani walls and chortens. Chortens are supposed to ward evil spirit away.
    • Meal : B, L, D
    • Accommodation : Teahouse / Lodge
    • Trekking Hours : 7-8 hrs
  • Day 07 - Hike up to Ice Lake (4,600m/15,090ft) for acclimatization and free evening

    Today we hike up to Ice Lake to reach the mark of 4,600 meter as this will help us for our journey ahead to Thorung La Pass (5,416m/17,765ft). It takes 3-4 hrs of steep climb to reach the top and we will descend after having our packed lunch on top. We have achieved over 95% success rate on Annapurna Circuit Trek combined our itinerary with hike to Ice Lake.
    • Meal : B, L, D
    • Accommodation : Teahouse / Lodge
    • Trekking Hours : 5-6 hrs
  • Day 08 - Trek to Yak Kharka [4,130m/13,550ft]

    After morning tea, we will follow the narrow path to Tengi village (3620m) that locates above Manang. Taking brief ascend, we will head northwest up the valley of Jarsang River. We will head north and pass through trail lined with juniper trees to reach Gunsang (3930m). We will walk through the alpine meadow. We get to see Gangapurna (7454m) and Annapurna III (7555m) Mountains from most of the point. We will descend to Yak Kharka where we will stay overnight.
    • Meal : B, L, D
    • Accommodation : Teahouse / Lodge
    • Trekking Hours : 4-5 hrs
  • Day 09 - Trek to Thorung Phedi. [4,400m/14,436ft]

    We will leave Yak Kharka and follow the rugged trail to Letdar (4250m). From Letdar, we will follow the ascending trail to Jarsang River. Walking along the eastern edge of Jarsang river, we will ascend to Thorong Phedi (4450m). This small settlement got its name from its geographical position which translates as Base of Thorong Hill. We will stay overnight in Thorung Phedi.
    • Meal : B, L, D
    • Accommodation : Teahouse / Lodge
    • Trekking Hours : 4-5
  • Day 10 - Traverse Thorung-la [5,416m/17,770ft] and trek to Muktinath [3,800m/12,478ft]

    This is going to be the challenging day. We will begin the long climb to the top of Thorong La. Following the cattle trail through moraine and snow, we will reach to the summit in about 4hrs depending upon the weather condition and strength of climbers. The summit is festooned with prayer flags. We will rejoice the views of Kali Gandaki Valley to the west while we can get view of Yakgawa Kang Peak (6481m) to the north. Sharp descend from Thorong La will take us to Muktinath temple. The journey is rewarding with views of Dhaulagiri (8167m) and Tukuche Peak (6920m). Walk through the moraine path and grassy slopes to Jhong Valley. Walking further, we will reach Muktinath where we will stay overnight.
    • Meal : B, L, D
    • Accommodation : Teahouse / Lodge
    • Trekking Hours : 8-9
  • Day 11 - Trek to Marpha [2,670m/8,760ft]

    Muktinath holds religious significance among Hindu and Buddhist devotees. We will visit Vishnu temple and a Monastery. Later, we will descend to Ranipauwa village. The trail lowers down through barren hillside to Kagbeni. From Kagbeni, we will move through Jomsom to Marpha. We need to traverse world’s deepest Kaligandaki Gorge. Along with religious significance, the region is also popular for availability of ammonites (shaligrams) which is taken as one among many other forms of Lord Narayan. Marpha village is known for its apple production. We can take the taste of different dishes made from apple including apple brandy in Marpha.
    • Meal : B, L, D
    • Accommodation : Teahouse / Lodge
    • Trekking Hours : 6 - 7
  • Day 12 - Trek to Lete, [2,480m/8,137ft]

    We will leave Marpha and folow new route avoiding road to Chokhopani village. We will walk through Tibetan Refugee Camp at Chairo to Tukuche. Walking past Tukuche, we will pass through small settlements of Sauru, Kobang and Larjung to Lete. The path rewards us with views of Dhaulagari Mountain, Tukuche Peak, Nilgiri Mountain and Annapurna I Mountain. We will stay overnight at Lete.
    • Meal : B, L, D
    • Accommodation : Teahouse / Lodge
    • Trekking Hours : 5 - 6
  • Day 13 - Trek to Tatopani [1,190m/3,905ft]

    We will take a new route to Tatopani. We will follow the edge of river to Ghasa where we will cross the bridge. The trail takes sharp descend through sprawling forest to the waterfall of Rupse Chhahara. We will lower down to Kopchepani and arrive at bridge in Dana. Moving further, we will reach Narchyang Besi. Powerhouse in Narchyang Besi supplies electricity to the area. Moving further, we will reach Tatopani where we will stay overnight. The village got its name from its hot spring.
    • Meal : B, L, D
    • Accommodation : Teahouse / Lodge
    • Trekking Hours : 5 - 6
  • Day 14 - Trek to Ghorepani [2,750m/9,023ft]

    From Tatopani, we will take the sharp climb through forest to Shikha settlement. Majority of people living in Shikha has adopted agriculture as their chief occupation. We will enjoy the views of Kali Gandaki Valley and stunning Dhaulagiri Mountain Range before walking through the terraced farmlands of Shikha to Ghorepani. We need to cross Phalate and Chitre and proceed through colorful forest of rhododendron and magnolia towards Ghorepani where we will stay overnight.
    • Meal : B, L, D
    • Accommodation : Teahouse / Lodge
    • Trekking Hours : 4 - 5
  • Day 15 - Early morning hike up to Poonhill [3,210m/10,532ft] and trek to Birethanti

    After wake up call, we will leave our hotel and rush towards Poon hill. This is the best hill station in Pokhara for sunrise view. We will enjoy the panoramic views of Annapurna1, Annapurna South Machhapuchhare and Dhaulagiri mountains. We will return to hotel in Ghorepani for breakfast and lower down to Birethanti through colorful rhododendron forest.
    • Meal : B, L, D
    • Accommodation : Teahouse / Lodge
    • Trekking Hours : 7-8 hrs trek
  • Day 16 - Trek to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara[827m/2,714ft]

    From Tadapani, we will follow the rhododendron forest to Ghandruk which is the second-largest Gurung village in Nepal. We will descend to Birethanti and reach Nayapul. Annapurna Circuit Trek culminates at Nayapul. We will drive to Pokhara which is also known as City of Lakes and the Gateway to Annapurna Region. Tropical climate can be experienced in Pokhara. This is a peaceful city existing at the backdrop of Annapurna. Explore the market area in the afternoon. You will be taken for boating in Phewa Lake in the evening. Overnight stay in a luxurious lakeside hotel.
    • Meal : B, L, D
    • Accommodation : Hotel
    • Trekking Hours : 1 hr trek
  • Day 17 - Drive to Kathmandu [1,350m/4,430ft]

    We will return to Kathmandu on this day. Kathmandu is separated from Pokhara by 200km. Prithvi Highway links Pokhara with Kathmandu. It takes 5hrs to reach Kathmandu from Pokhara by bus. You will be transferred to the hotel where you will have a pleasant stay.
    • Meal : B, L
    • Accommodation : Hotel
    • Trekking Hours : 0
  • Day 18 - Free day at leisure in Kathmandu [1,350m/4,430ft]

    Enjoy a leisure day. You are on your own. Participating in a day tour in Kathmandu is a pleasant plan. You can also go for shopping in Thamel, a tourist hub where you can buy souvenir items like handicrafts and arts to your family.
    • Meal : B
    • Accommodation : Hotel
    • Trekking Hours : 0
  • Day 19 - Transfer to Airport for the International departure.

    Thank you for joining us on this trek and it has been a pleasure getting to know you during this time. We hope this venture has enriched your experience with happy memories. Keep in touch and hope to hear from you soon. Bon voyage for a safe and pleasant trip home.
    • Meal : B
    • Accommodation : None
    • Trekking Hours :
Dates & Price

Given below are the fixed departure dates for this trip. If the dates don’t match with your schedule, then kindly let us know and we will arrange a private trip customizing the departure dates suitable for you. The cost below is per person on group joining basis excluding the international flights. Group discount is available for booking of two or more than two persons. Kindly contact us if you have a bigger group for the discount.

2017 Departures
Trip Start Date Trip End Date Price
27 Sep, 2017 15 Oct, 2017 USD 1730 Available Book Now
10 Oct, 2017 28 Oct, 2017 USD 1730 Available Book Now
24 Oct, 2017 11 Nov, 2017 USD 1730 Available Book Now
07 Nov, 2017 25 Nov, 2017 USD 1730 Available Book Now
2018 Departures
Trip Start Date Trip End Date Price
15 Mar, 2018 02 Apr, 2018 USD 1730 Available Book Now
24 Mar, 2018 11 Apr, 2018 USD 1730 Available Book Now
02 Apr, 2018 20 Apr, 2018 USD 1730 Available Book Now
11 Apr, 2018 29 Apr, 2018 USD 1730 Available Book Now
20 Apr, 2018 08 May, 2018 USD 1730 Available Book Now
29 Apr, 2018 17 May, 2018 USD 1730 Available Book Now
08 May, 2018 26 May, 2018 USD 1730 Available Book Now
19 Sep, 2017 07 Oct, 2017 USD 1730 Available Book Now
28 Sep, 2017 16 Oct, 2017 USD 1730 Available Book Now
07 Oct, 2017 25 Oct, 2017 USD 1730 Available Book Now
25 Oct, 2017 12 Nov, 2017 USD 1730 Available Book Now
03 Nov, 2017 21 Nov, 2017 USD 1730 Available Book Now
Trip Info
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Cost Inclusion

  • All meals (B,L,D) on OPEN/CHOICE Menu whilst on trek with tea & coffee.
  • Twin sharing accommodation at Kathmandu guest house or similar category for 3 nights with breakfast
  • Twin sharing accommodation at Hotel Dandelion or similar category for 1 night
  • Accommodation at clean and cozy teahouses/lodges on trek
  • All ground transportation as per mentioned in the itinerary on private vehicle
  • All required permits for trek (ACAP & TIMS Card)
  • Experienced local trek leader with 1:4 assistant guide to client ratio
  • Full support crew with 1 porter for every 2 trekkers
  • Kathmandu airport transfers and escorts
  • Comprehensive first aid kit with high altitude medicines
  • Duffel bag, Sleeping bag with liner and Down Jacket (Sleeping bag and down jacket must be returned after completion of trek)
  • Staff equipment, insurance and allowances
  • Trek completion certificate (Upon request)

Cost Exclusion

  • International airfare, Visa and travel insurance
  • Meals at Kathmandu
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu or on trek for any reason (Early arrival or delay, Early arrival from trek due to any reason)
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities for staff

Optional Add Ons

  • Single supplement
  • Hotel upgrade

Important note

The day-to-day program is subject to weather, conditions and the progress and wishes of the group. Most importantly, the leaders will be making daily decisions, for example, about exactly how far or which way we go, and will be thinking ultimately about the safety and health of all in the party, as well as the enjoyment of the group and success in the outcome of the trek and climb. We ensure liability as per indicated itinerary and list of services. If the holiday is cut short or completed earlier than the projected period upon client’s wish, we shall not be responsible or make refund against unutilized days or services. Clients need to pay extra for Hotels/services incurred in Kathmandu or elsewhere in such cases.

Climate

The best seasons to trek in the Annapurna region are Autumn (from mid-September till November) and Spring (from the beginning of March until May). Temperatures will drop considerably as you ascend higher every day. The nights are cold (between -10C to 5C) and the days are sunny and hot (between 10C to 20C).  Mornings are usually clear, with clouds building up in the afternoon and disappearing at night.

TRIP GRADE – Moderate to fairly challenging

Longer treks reaching up to an elevation above 5000m where some of the famous mountaineering Base Camps are located. Physically strenuous, involving daily trekking of approximately   6 - 7 hours.   No previous trekking experience is required but you should be moderately fit and must enjoy walking and adaptable to high altitude conditions.

A Typical Day

Daily wake up calls will be between 6.00 am to 7.00 am while on trek. You will be given a small basin of hot water to wash up.  After a hearty breakfast, we set off on the day's walk.  Before breakfast you are required to pack your duffel bag as it will be loaded by the porter while you are having your breakfast. After 3-4 hours of walk, we stop for lunch mid-day.  The afternoon's walk is generally shorter and we usually arrive at our destination in time for afternoon tea. The rest of the afternoon can be spent exploring the village, to wash your clothes or simply relaxing with a good book. On some days we will arrive at our destination by lunch time and the entire afternoon will be free. After dinner, the evening will often be spent playing cards and reliving the day's adventures, before heading off to bed for a well-earned sleep.

Meals

Meals are included in our package and you can choose your meal from the menu. Meals are served in Lodges located along the trail. You can find a wide variety of Nepali and Western food as well as drinks (coffee, tea, milk, soft drinks, and beer).

Accommodation

Kathmandu: In we stay at Kathmandu Guest House, a well-known hotel where many famous celebrities like Beatles, Ricky Martin, Jeremy Irons and others have stayed. Centrally located in Thamel, the hotel also boasts of a beautiful garden where you can relax and enjoy the greenery.  Breakfast will be provided in the hotel and your accommodation will be on twin sharing basis and if you would like to have single room, upon request you are required to pay single supplement price.acco1

Pokhara: Our Address in Pokhara (Hotel Dandelion), with a spacious and comfortable room this hotel is indeed a good place to chill and relax. Your accommodation will be on twin sharing basis and if you would like to have single room, upon request you are required to pay single supplement price.acco2

 Single supplement: Single supplement will be charged if someone wish to have their own room for the trip. Especially when travelling in a group, we will always pair you with someone of same sex and similar age to share the room with. If in case of single by default, then clients don’t have to pay for the single supplement.

 On Trek (Teahouse/Lodge): Trekking in the (Annapurna area) does not need tremendous logistics in accommodation as there are many clean and friendly Lodges along the trail. Rooms are basic, normally just a bed with a pillow and blankets. All teahouses/lodges have a warm spacious dining room-lounge. We will arrange for you and your group to stay in local lodges daily. Please remember that some of them are very basic and a sense of adventure is necessary.

Group size

Our emphasis is always on maintaining the small group so that it will be easy to coordinate and cooperate with each other. Our group size is small and we only take up to 15 pax in one group. If you opt to join our ‘fixed departure trip’, you are likely to be joining people from different countries of any age group except minors. The size of group varies, minimum no of persons required to operate a trip is 1 the maximum is 15 people.

Flight / Land Transfers

The starting point of the trek is from Besisahar, which is connected by 6-7 hours by drive. We will arrange to transfer you and your group to and from trek start/end point and to take your group back to the hotel upon your return to Kathmandu on a private transportation.

Travel Insurance

It’s mandatory and highly recommended to get  travel insurance before embarking on any adventurous trips in Nepal. We advise all our clients to get a travel insurance that covers up emergency helicopter evacuation that may be needed in case of the occurrence of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness)  in high altitudes where there are no other means of transporation available. Medical expenses, Baggage lost, Delays and Cancellation, Death & Repatriation are also another important factor to include when purchasing your Insurance. It is advisable to review carefully the insurance and its coverages before making the final decision.

Tipping and Taxes

Though tipping is not compulsory but gratuity is appreciated.  A suggestion of an allocation of USD4.00-5.00 per day per person for teahouse/lodge treks – this can be handed to the leader/Sirdar at the end of the trek in the presence of the staff for distribution as gratitude.  You can also give away your trekking equipment such as boots, jackets, trekking poles, head torches to the crew.

On the last day of the trek, we will have a celebration night with all our trekking crew and we suggest the gratuity to   the staff be given only at the end of the trek.

Communication

Telephone facilities in the Annapurna region is a plenty with WIFI available on teahouses/lodges. Connection for cell phones is fair throughout the trek in Annapurna Region. If you need to keep in contact with our family or others, kindly request from us in advance a local sim card.

First Aid Kit

We supply a first aid kit with standard medicines prescribed by doctors and Oxygen for emergency purposes.  Beside that, upon request and with additional cost, we can provide for a High Altitude Mountain doctor.  Your trip leader/Guide is experienced and has knowledge in medications. But if you are more comfortable, we suggest that you bring along your own common medication supplies such as pain-killers, for cold, diarrhea nausea and fever.  Some nasal ointment and throat-moisturizing pills will be of great help for those who are sensitive to chilly or freezing weather conditions.  Age is no barrier to undertake an unforgettable trekking experience.

Personal Expenses

Since Meals and Accommodation are all included on trek, you need cash for table drinks (alcoholic/non-alcoholic beverages), snacks while walking (a few smaller shops are available along the trail in some areas) tips, souvenirs, hot shower (only available in some places).

Itinerary Changes

The itineraries for each trip should be taken as a guideline only. Depending on prevailing situation, you can modify it to some extent after consulting with your guide. However, the date of trek completion must coincide with the original itinerary.

You should keep in mind that this is an adventure trip into a remote mountain region, where many unforeseen events may contribute to the need for a change in itinerary. In such cases, we or your guide will suggest the best alternative similar to your original program.

Rescue/Evacuations

In case of a serious sickness or a casualty; we undertake to do everything possible to transfer you to the nearest hospital.  Since you are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in evacuation, kindly ensure that all expenses are fully covered by your insurance before assigning it or must be prepared to pay on your own after getting back to Kathmandu.

Luggage While Trekking

While on the trek, your main luggage will be carried by porters.  You only carry a day pack with water bottle, camera, sun-screen, spare jacket, etc.  - a small load that allows full enjoyment of the trek. A trek bag is ideal for your main luggage, plus a small lockable bag for travel clothes or anything that you do not need during trek which you can leave at hotel’s locker room/safe deposit box which is not chargeable in Kathmandu.  Weight allowance at Nepal’s domestic airlines is 15kg, excess weight is chargeable at USD1.00 or more per Kilo depending on sectors.

Care For Porters And Staff

Our porters and staff are provided with adequate clothing and equipment for high altitude conditions.  They are also well paid and are well groomed.

Equipment Checklist

The gear listed below is recommended for these kind of trips. We encourage you to get all equipment listed below for the trip and kindly ensure you check and try every equipment .   You can also buy or hire the same in Kathmandu as they are available in the many trekking shops from branded to local manufacturers in Kathmandu.

Clothing and Footwear

  • Long-sleeved shirts
  • T-Shirts
  • Trousers
  • Warm Jackets/Sweater/Pullover
  • Waterproof jackets and trousers
  • Thermal
  • Inner wears
  • Under garments
  • Warm socks
  • Cap/Hat to protect from sun during trek
  • Woolen Hat, Warm gloves, Balaclava sand Bandana/Scarf
  • Extra clothes to wear in Kathmandu when you come back from trek.
  • Trekking shoes (Preferrably full to protect your ankle)
  • Gaiter
  • Slippers/Flip flops to wear at camp
  • Daypack 30-35 litres (To carry your sunblock, water, camera, waterproof jackets and others that you may require while trekking)

Documents

  • Passport with visa and validity of 6 months after your trip completion
  • 4 copies of passport size photos for permits and official formalities
  • Travel Insurance (Please refer to the general information page for more detail about it)
  • Flight tickets
  • Credit cards in case of emergencies
  • Driving ID or any other ID in case of loss of your passport.

(Please carry the photo copy of all the documents along with you and leave a copy to next of kin)

Others

  • Headlamps with extra batteries
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Camera with charger or spare batteries
  • A pair of trekking poles
  • Water bottle one (1) litre
  • Laundry bag to keep the dirty clothes
  • Large plastic bags to keep the clothes dry
  • Padlock
  • Binoculars
  • Reading materials, note books and pens

Toiletries and hygiene

  • Quick drying towel
  • Small face towel
  • Toothbrush &Toothpaste
  • Deodorants, Soap and Shampoo (Smaller bottle)
  • Face and body moisturizer, Sun screen and lip balm
  • Hand sanitizer/Antiseptic wipes
  • Hygiene products
  • Basic first aid kit

The gears listed below will be provided by us for the trek. Down Jacket and Sleeping Bag must be returned after the completion of trek.

  • Down Jacket
  • Sleeping bag with Liner
  • Duffel/Kit Bag

Trip Extensions

In addition to your trek, we can organize extension trips to both within Nepal and other neighbouring countries.

For example, you may want to try water-rafting or a jungle safari in Nepal or even a Nepal Cultural Tours.

If time permits, you may even want to include a trip to our neighbouring countries i.e.  Tibet, India or Bhutan.

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Graham Sowerbutts May 02, 2017

A brilliant trek expertly guided by Passang and his team at Highland Expeditions. I can’t speak highly enough about the way we were looked after and would highly recommend Highland Expeditions to anyone who is looking to book a trekking or climbing holiday.

Jill Sowerbutts May 02, 2017

The trip was excellent from start to finish. Very helpful and attentive staff who could not do enough for you. Very informative and very helpful when i got a bit sick.
Thank you Passang, your team and Highland Expeditions for a thoroughly enjoyable trek and memories that i will treasure for a lifetime.

Calum Wardlaw May 02, 2017

Had an excellent trek (Even though it was my first trek and i have a dislike to walking) the views & experience were great but most of all the staff were amazing, friendly and knowledgeable. We came to Nepal & the Annapurna trek to make memories we left with so much more, inc what i would call a friendship with the staff and people of Nepal.

John Chaplin May 02, 2017

Having completed the Everest Base Camp trek in 2013, i had always intended to return to Nepal and the Annapurna Circuit Trek was everything i expected. Different in many ways to EBC but the same stunning scenery, great people and another great experience.
Many thanks to Passang and the team for guiding us.

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