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Annapurna Circuit

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Annapurna Circuit

I have 14 days to spend in Nepal and was contemplating doing the Annapurna Circuit.

However, I've got conflicting info regarding the duration is require to complete the circuit. One company provided an itinerary which fit perfectly within my schedule, other company informed me I need 18 - 23 days to complete the circuit.

We are reasonably fit hikers from Malaysia and New Zealand who have been actively treking. Our most recent trek was Mt. Kerinchi in West Sumantra, Indonesia and a 30km Ball Breaker Run at the Interhash Yogjakarta, Central Java Indonesia. This will be our first visit to Nepal.

The following is the propose 14 days itinerary :-

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m.) O/N hotel (D) 15/9/2012

Arrive Kathmandu Airport, receive and welcome with a flower garland and transfer to hotel. After quick refreshment or any light lunch (optional arrange on request). Check and brief about the equipment and trip then time for remaining shopping and final preparation of trekking and welcome dinner.

Day 02: Drive Kathmandu to Syange (1100m.) or Jagat (1300m.) via Besishahar (820m.) and trek to Chyamche (1430m.) 8 to 9 hours: O/N lodge (B.L.D) 16/9

After breakfast we start about at 07.30 am by private transport it takes about 5 hours journey to Besishahar but depending on the road conditions. Their after rough road. In route we see more of countryside of Nepal that offers green Hill, rivers, villages, farms and beautiful mountain sceneries. Almost the trail followed the river bank of Trisuli and Marsyandi.

Day 03: Trek Chyamche to Bagarchhap (2160m.) 5 to 6 hours: O/N lodge (B.L.D) 17/9

After breakfast trek through to the walk through crossing a suspension bridge, we begin a steep climb to small teahouses at Sattale. The trek continues through to entry in Manang District of Tal. Tal is a small village with some flat and nice land. The trail of several waterfalls dropping beyond the small village of Karte (1850m.) We cross a suspension bridge, short distance to climb of the stone Kani marking the entrancing to Dharapani.walk up to the Tibetian and Gurung settlement.

Day 04: Trek Bagarchhap to Chame (2670m.) 6 to 7 hours: O/N lodge (B.L.D) 18/9

Today after breakfast trek steeply climb of the Timang (2350m), we can see wonderful Himalaya of Manaslu, Annapurna II and others magnificent mountain views from here. The trek through the pine forest to Thanchok and Koto then reach in Chame.

Day 05: Trek Chame to Pisang (3250m) 5 to 6 hours: O/N lodge (B.L.D) 19/9

We still follow the Marsyandi river and pine forest to the Telekhu village via through the Brathang and gradual walk up to the suspension bridge. After that steep climb up to the hill then through the Dhukur Pokhari, we get surrounded by majestic Himalaya peaks then 1 hrs pleasant trail walking to Pisang. Afternoon explore the village with Tibetan mane stones by walk up to Upper Pisang Gomba with we see amazing Himalaya views of Annapurna II and Annapurna III.

Day 06: Trek Pisang to Manang (3540m.) 4 to 5 hours: O/N lodge (B.L.D) 20/9

Today is wonderful walking with pine forest as panoramic views of the mountains. We reach to Humde (3,280m) airport in Manang district via through to the village of Bhraka (3,480m) is Tibetan style building houses of stack one a top the other houses and interesting village for trekkers, old Gomba on the rim of town, panoramic views of the mountains, some exciting, windy streets in the village leading out toward the Thorong La. Finally, there is a 3 o'clock lecture on altitude by the Himalayan Rescue Association for anyone interested.

Day 07: Acclimatization day in Manang (3540m.): O/N lodge (B.L.D) 21/9

Today is rest acclimation in Manang. After breakfast short walk for the high altitude suggested to the acclimatization in day. We hike up to tranquil Gangapurna Lake is worth visiting sites from acclimatization point of view. Manang is one of the best villages in the trekking in Annapurna region and challenging trek for us with rapid gain in altitude. Afternoon visiting is the Himalayan Rescue Association where we can get some ideas

about Mountain Sickness.

Day 08: Trek Manang to Ledar (4200m.) 4 to 5 hours: O/N lodge (B.L.D) 22/9

Today after breakfast, the trail crosses a stream, climbs to a village of Tenki above Manang, and then gradually climbs up to the Gunsang, offering panoramic Himalaya scenery, through meadows where horses and yaks graze. After crossing a small river on a wooden bridge, the trail passes an ancient old Mani wall in a pleasant meadow and then reaches another small village of Yak Kharka to crossing a suspension bridge to

Day 09: Trek Ledar to Thorong Phedi (4450m.) 3 to 4 hours: O/N lodge (B.L.D) 23/9

After breakfast pleasant walk to Jarang Khola to thorung Phedi, a rock-strewn meadow surrounded by upright cliffs at 4420 meter. Thorong Phedi is busy settlement catering to the needs of tired trekkers and climbers. Today bit early bed to get better ready for early start of crossing the Throng Pass next morning.

Day 10: Trek Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3,800m) via Thorong Pass (5416m.) 8 to 9 hours: O/N lodge (B.L.D) 24/9

It will be a lifetime unforgettable experience Adventure- crossing the famous high pass in the trekking to Thorong Pass. We will start trekking early in the morning and it is important to complete it before the strong wind will be active there.

We have to hard walk through the ice and rocky trail high altitude the outstanding Himalaya are sucking our eyes watch to more views of Himalayan on the trail. Trek through down to Muktinath with the setting Hindu pilgrimage temple and Buddhist Monasteries. Muktinath is the famous and important pilgrimage place for both Hindu and Buddhist and contains a wall of 108 waterspouts in the shape of cows heads spouting sacred water, the Jwala Mai temple with a perpetual spouting flame and the pagoda-styled Vishnu Mandir, all of which make up the auspicious combination of earth, fire and water. Muktinath itself demonstrates the religions harmony in Nepal.

Day 11: Trek Muktinath to Jomsom (2720m.) 5 to 5.30 hours: O/N lodge (B.L.D) 25/9

Today we have a nice morning before breakfast or after breakfast we walk up to visit Muktinath Temple then we trek down to ancient Jharkot village with remain some part of fort and culture and live hood are like similar Tibetin people. We will get Tibetan and Gurung mixed cultural ancient heritage .We follow Kali Gandaki river bank, looking for Saligrams along the way, to Jomsom is Headquarter of Mustang districts with heritage of traditional salt traders Thakali. Late afternoon explore around.

Day 12: Fly Jomsom to Pokhara (915m) 30 munites: O/N hotel (B.L.D) 26/9

Today early morning fly to Pokhara and during the flight we will enjoy with great Himalaya views. We have relaxing day in Pokhara. After lunch we will explore in the major places of Pokhara and dinner with culture program.

Day 13: Fly Pokhara to Kathmandu 35 minute: O/N hotel (B) 27/9

After breakfast by morning flight to Kathmandu and check in hotel and sight seeing tour to UNESCO heritage side. Buddhanath Stupa one of the largest in the world and number of monasteries and many Tibetan artifacts selling shops. Pasupatinath is the Hindus holy pilgrims, most important Hindu Temple in Nepal and all over from India. Bathing at occasionally, funeral pyres burning on the Ghats and Stands on the banks of Bagmati River Evening free and can go trekkers message if any one like.

Day 14: Visit Swayambhunath, Kathmandu Durbar Squar, shopping and farewell dinner O/N hotel (B.D) 28/9

After breakfast we visit Swayambhunath; stands top of the top hill and west of of Kathmandu city, people mostly knows as “Monkey Temple” as there are so many monkey we can see. This is a Buddhist Stupa and also there is a Hindu temple as well. We can see a good view of Kathmandu from here. There a fter we come to visit the Kathmandu Durbar Squar. This is an ancient place which is also a world heritage site. All the buildings were designed in Pagoda style. The Kumari Ghar ( House of living goodness ), Katamandap, Temple of Kalabhairav are the main attraction of the site. Their after we visit the old shopping center to New road, Asan and finally we enter to Thamel. Evening farewell dinner.

Day 15: Trip concluded and departure to Airport: (B) 29/9

Today Right after an early breakfast we conclude the trip an official way by providing the all permits, trip complete certificate and a Nepali cap for gentlemen and a shawl to ladies. Then we will transfer to the Airport for your departure flight onwards destination.

Is this doeble ?

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1. Re: Annapurna Circuit

Of course its doeble!

HAVE a nice trek and fun

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2. Re: Annapurna Circuit

By the way, the price quoted was USD 1200 per pax excluding

# Any personal items

# Any bottle drinks & hot water

# Chocolate & dessert

# Hot shower in trekking

# Tips

Reasonable deal ?

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By the way, I was told that we could shorten the days descending the mountain but allow more day to acclimatize ascending. May I know which part of the trail can I possibly cut short so that we can spend more time in Pohkara ?

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When I sent this itinerary to another guide, he commented that the itinerary was prepared by a "none expert" and there was no way that we could get to Jagat from Kathmandu as there was no through road. He suggested a minimum of 15 days to cover the same itinerary. Any truth in his statement ?

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5. Re: Annapurna Circuit

If you figure that your on trail accomodation is 2-3 dollars a night, you might want to figure out what you are really paying for....

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6. Re: Annapurna Circuit

Aeventyr,

According to the guide, we are paying for his excellent service ... plus the flight.

Thanks for letting me know the cost of the trail lodges .

He also quoted another package for the porter and guide only at USD 30 and 20 per day.

What is the common practise in Nepal ? Pay USD 30 for a guide a day for one person or a group. If we have 2-3 person, how many porter we need to engage ?

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7. Re: Annapurna Circuit

2 - 3 dollars per night - that gives you a bed !

Beyond that the costs quoted by a company for a trek will include

transfers (road or air) to the start of your trek,

wages for guide and porter/porters (assume 1 porter per 2 trekkers)

insurance for Nepali staff

food on trek

accommodation and food for Nepali staff

Trekkers Information Management Scheme card

Annapurna Conservation Project entrance fee

hire of sleeping bag

hotel accommodation at start and finish, where relevant

etc

and, understandably, an element to cover the organisational services provided, and a degree of profit

Edited: 17 July 2012, 12:01
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8. Re: Annapurna Circuit

I bring up the bed cost to give a little perspective on the cost of things in Nepal..

Seems like more and more folks can't or won't trek/travel on their own. Part of the travel/trek/ experience/reward/delight/fun/challenge/self discovery is doing it myself. Nepal is an excellent place to do this.

It seems the default position of many of the frequent posters/advisors on this forum is to tell everybody to "just hire a guide/porter/agency etc".

Has the independent, self reliant trekker gone by wayside?

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9. Re: Annapurna Circuit

aeventyr,

I've been an independent traveller all these while but you are right, the trend seems to be get a guide, get a porter, sign up for a package deal, it's less hassle etc etc.

I will have to discuss with my travelling buddies as to whether they prefer to be whisk from the airport and have everything taken care of or just play by the ear when we arrived.

Thanks

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10. Re: Annapurna Circuit

Regular posters here suggest to hire guide/porter because they have seen, here in TA and in Lonelyplanet, many forum posts about missing independent/self trekkers.

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