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Annapurna Circuit Trek
Annapurna circuit which is approximately 248 km in total length comprises of four different constituency of Nepal namely – Lamjung, Manang, Mustang and Myagdi that goes through Beshisahar, Thorong La, Jomsom, Poonhill and Pokhara. The everyday shifting transformation in the vegetation and landscape is mystifyingly very touching. Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the world's classic and the most diverse trekking route that follows ancient Nepal Tibet trade route, which has facilitated the flow of culture and religions. Tibetan Mahayana, Buddhism, Hinduism and the mysterious Bon – Po religion still co-exist and interpenetrate one another. The sheer diversity of the mountain-scape, the exhilaration of crossing a high mountain passes and the unsurpassed views of the Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Manaslu ranges are the hallmarks of this Annapurna circuit trip. Together with the ever-changing landscape you will be exposed to a variety of ethnic cultures from lowland Thakali villages to high Buddhist settlements near the boarder of Tibet and visit to the deepest gorge in the world.

Brief info

Technical difficulty:
Length: 248 km
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You will walk not more than 6/9 hours daily. Reasonable level of fitness is required.
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Duration: 17 days
Altitude gain: 4656 m
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No special knowledge needed.
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April to mid June during spring and September to November during autumn before the harsh winter is the best time to trek to Annapurna Circuit when the view of Annapurna massif is at its best state.
1. Easy
Light physical activity, usually walking or hiking, that is good for most fitness levels. Also suitable for children and elderly people. Perfect for whose who have never been to the mountains and who want to try it out.

2. Moderate
Activity involves daily walking for 3-5 hours a day, usually multi-day treks or long 1-day hikes that require a high level of physical activity. Suitable for people with an average level of physical fitness.

3. Challenging
Activity involves daily walking for 3-5 hours a day at various types of terrain (rough trails, partially exposed areas with danger of falling, gravel plains, pathless steep terrain) or high-altitude treks above 2000 meters. Requires an average to above average fitness level.

4. Strenous
Activity involves walking up to 6-7 hours a day in fairly difficult terrain (steep rocky slopes, snow covered glaciers or firn fields with danger of slipping) or high-altitude treks above 3000 meters. Requires an above average fitness level and high level of stamina.

5. Extreme
Activity involves walking up to 6-10 hours a day with difficult terrain and conditions (tricky rocky slopes or snow covered glaciers with increased danger of slipping), strenuous high-altitude treks at 4000-5600 meters. Requires very high level of physical fitness and stamina, as well as good practical experience of multi-day trekking on high altitudes.
HIKING/ TREKKING ACTIVITY LEVELS
What intensity you should expect from this activity and what fitness level is required for this activity
0. No requirements/ minimal requirements
Easy hiking/ trekking with non-technical elements. No certain knowledge or experience is required for this activity.

1. Beginner
Basic navigation skills are required if hiking/ trekking without a guide. Previous hiking/ trekking experience is not required, but desirable. No danger of falling with appropriate behaviour.

2. Intermediate
Average navigation skills are required if hiking/ trekking without a guide. Basic alpine experience is needed.

3. Advanced
Path not necessarily available. Sometimes need to use hands to keep going. Terrain assessment, good navigation skills and good alpine experience is required.

4. Professional
Mostly without a path and unmarked, might involve some climbing sections. Excellent navigation skills are required even if trekking with a guide. Proven alpine experience, mountaineering skills and familiarity with alpine equipment are required.
HIKING/ TREKKING: TECHNICAL DIFFICULTY LEVELS
Some activities might envolve technical elements for which certain practical experience or training is needed.

Itinerary

Important details

Accommodation
Tea houses in Annapurna Circuit trail provide you with hygienic family oriented lodges with twin bed sharing rooms with clean common toilets and occasional rooms with attach toilet bathrooms. Since advance booking is not possible sometimes these tea houses (during the peak season) provide you with dormitory facility or dining hall with heated chimney. However, we have always given our best to accommodate our group in rooms available.
Meals
You have variety of choices for the food: in Annapurna Circuit tea houses cooks are proficient in preparing the variety that is in their menu. You will have a full board meal plan, which means that breakfasts, lunches, dinners, tea, coffee and drinking water are included while on Annapurna Circuit.
Your guide
We offer you to explore the Annapurna Circuit trek with the best local mountain guides for hassle free journey - each trekker will have a porter to carry all personal gear and group equipment. All guides are certified by Mountain Planet experts for their experience and quality services.
How hard it is
Annapurna Circuit trek which once used to be the world's number 1 trekking route between Nepal and Tibet is by far the most admired and beautiful trekking destination of all. Annapurna Circuit is more than a moderate trek with longer hours walking. Since the altitude gain is very gradual it is suitable for anyone with reasonable fitness level. However, anyone with knee, ankle, heart or lungs pre-medical history need to seek medical consent before considering Annapurna Circuit trek. However our itinerary is very well designed with slow pacing and ample time for acclimatization strategy. It's indeed a heaven for keen walkers. Anyway, with some physical preparation anyone can be ready to benefit from the paradise like setting of Annapurna Circuit trek.
Transfers
Natural Annapurna Trekking Trails (NATTs) has indeed introduced a latest trail to assist the embarrassment of the trekkers walking into the jeep road. Though we are giving our best to skip the jeep road and take the trekking trial and since NATTs isn't fully functional due to the survey delay after the 2015 earthquake we would in some-way or the other encounter the motor way. For this purpose we will fly from Jomsom to Pokhara to avoid trekking along motorways.
Safety
Acute mountain sickness (AMS) is something we get when our body fails to adapt to the thin air environment. Though Annapurna Circuit trek has very gradual ascent yet AMS has been reported among many trekkers. We provide medically professional leaders with medications, oxygen cylinders and oxygen chamber bag to deal with any altitude related ailments. Besides, your leader will put forth some basic guidelines to get away with AMS and as well there are multiple things you can do as precautions (taking diamox). So far there has not been any record of fatal altitude sickness misfortune with mountain monarch groups.
Weather & Best Season
April to mid June during spring and September to November during autumn before the harsh winter is the best time to trek to Annapurna Circuit when the view of Annapurna massif is at its best state. Keen walkers from around the world come to visit during winter (December till February) despite the serious chill factor and low temperatures. However, there might be chances of closure of Thorong La pass due to snow fall. As the climate change has basically altered the pattern of weather factor, winter trekking is doable if there is no heavy snow, all you need to do is prepare for the worst of chill weather circumstance.
Drinking Water
Because of environmental concern we very strongly oppose the use of plastic mineral water bottles. Instead our staff will supply you with appropriately boiled water every morning and evening. We suggest you to bring at least 2 metal or plastic Nalgene bottles so that you can have enough to last the duration of the day. If by any case you run out of drinking water you can always refill from the safe water drinking station with minimum charges which is all the way in Annapurna circuit trek. Besides the hot water we fill up in the night after dinner does really serves as a hot pack which you can use it in your sleeping bag and can still drink it in the morning when it's still warm.
Equipment
You will be provided with a very warm sleeping bag and feather duvet jackets which people have used even while climbing peaks so without any doubt it is the mother of all warm clothing's. We also provide you with duffle bag to fit all your gears in and very warm fleece liner that goes into your sleeping bag to keep you warm and cozy during night chill.

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Group trekking — Meeting New Friends
Your adventure to Annapurna circuit trek will begin through terraced farmland, temperate forest and alpine meadows, before entering the high valleys with the glacier-dolloped Annapurnas' towering almost 5000 m above you. The views from the Thorong la pass are truly spectacular - get a chance to have this one life experience and share this adventure with adventurist people like you.
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Group climbs are available on fixed dates
Show dates
March 20 - April 05
April 03 - April 19
April 10 - April 26
April 17 - May 03
May 01 - May 17
May 08 - May 24
May 15 - May 31
September 20 - October 06
October 04 - October 20
October 18 - November 03
November 01 - November 17
November 15 - December 1
September 25 - October 11
October 02 - October 18
October 16 - November 01
October 30 - November 15
November 06 - November 22
November 13 - November 29
November 20 - December 06
Dates in 2020
Dates in 2021

Customized treks

As per the time convenient to you and the level of fitness you can always modify the Annapurna Circuit trek. Depending on your time schedule you can either book for the whole circuit via Poonhill or semi circuit i.e. flying from Jomsom airport to Pokhara after the highest Thorong La pass. We have always been successful in organizing customized trek for the clients as per their requirements.
What's included
Arrival /Departure transfers
Standard hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara on a twin share bed-and-breakfast basis
Welcome dinner with cultural program as listed in the itinerary
Half day guided city tour
All Domestic flights and airport tax
Private transportation to and from the starting and ending points of the trek as applicable
Full board meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea, coffee and drinking water) while on trek
Responsible trekking (1 trekker: 1porter)
Accommodation in comfortable lodge or Teahouse on Annapurna circuit trek
Professional local trekking group leader well trained in Wilderness First Aid
Supplementary Oxygen Cylinder with Comprehensive First Aid Kit as a safety back up
Trekking guides and other support staff. Porters to carry all personal gear and group equipment
Complementary trek duffle bag, T-shirts and Annapurna region trek map
Annapurna circuit trekking permit and Annapurna conservation entry fees
What's not included
International Airfare and Airport Tax
Nepal entry Visa fees
Your Travel Insurance
Drinks and main meals in cities
Tips and Items of a personal nature like postage and laundry
Good to know
Can I charge my devices and have hot showers in Annapurna Circuit trek?
The charging privilege for any of your electronic devices is possible all the way around the trek except for few settlements in the high elevation as they are void of hydro electricity and totally relies on solar panels which may not be very reliable. So it is always wise to carry some extra batteries or the fully charged power bank batteries since your batteries run out pretty quick in the cold. Availability of hot showers may be on and off in the trek and also your leader may suggest you of not having the shower in high elevation regarding the health issues.
Is there any risk of altitude sickness at Annapurna Circuit trek?
Acute mountain sickness is something we get when our body fails to adapt to the thin air environment. Though Annapurna Circuit trek has very gradual ascent yet altitude sickness has been reported among many trekkers. Mountain Monarch provides medically professional leaders with medications, oxygen cylinders and oxygen chamber bag to deal with any altitude related ailments. Besides, your leader will put forth some basic guidelines to get away with altitude sickness and as well there are multiple things you can do as precautions to ward off AMS eg taking diamox etc. so far there has not been any record of fatal altitude sickness misfortune with mountain monarch groups.
Do I need to be in shape for Annapurna Circuit trek?
Annapurna Circuit is more than a moderate trek with longer hours walking. Since the altitude gain is very gradual it is suitable for anyone with reasonable fitness. However, anyone with knee, ankle, heart or lungs pre medical history need to seek medical consent before considering Annapurna Circuit trek. Though Mountain Monarch itinerary are so designed that the walks are challenging but not very exhausting yet some pre training is must to figure out how many hours or how much weight you can handle. With some physical preparation anyone can be ready to benefit from the paradise like setting of Annapurna Circuit trek.
What if I am very slow in the group?
Other than your group leader you will have assistant guides in your group. Your leader will sort out assigning each of his assistants in the group systematically while he takes responsibility for the slow walking people being at the tail of the group making it utterly non strenuous. Nevertheless, your leader would be counseling everyone in the group to stay together and walk collectively as a team.
Any immunization required for Annapurna circuit trek?
Any sort of vaccination is not mandatory while visiting our country. But we strongly suggest for a personal medical consent before you sign up for Annapurna Circuit trek if you have any pre medical history.
Can I charge my devices and have hot showers in Annapurna Circuit trek?
The charging privilege for any of your electronic devices is possible all the way around the trek except for few settlements in the high elevation as they are void of hydro electricity and totally relies on solar panels which may not be very reliable. So it is always wise to carry some extra batteries or the fully charged power bank batteries since your batteries run out pretty quick in the cold. Availability of hot showers may be on and off in the trek and also your leader may suggest you of not having the shower in high elevation regarding the health issues.
Can we entirely evade the motor way and instead use trekking trail?
Natural Annapurna Trekking Trails (NATTs) has indeed introduced a latest trail to assist the embarrassment of the trekkers walking into the jeep road. Though we are giving our best to skip the jeep road and take the trekking trial and since NATTs isn't fully functional due to the survey delay after the 2015 earthquake we would in some-way or the other encounter the motor way. As a result, out of compulsion we may not fully guarantee your walk in the off beaten track but we are ready to go an extra mile to bring you very close to the nature.
How is the Jomsom Pokhara flight? Any alternative in case of bad weather?
Nepal air aviation is quite strict about these small planes flying high into the remote mountain airstrips like Jomsom. There are possibility of flight delays and sometimes cancellation. Since Jomsom happens to be the valley of winds of Nepal the airport would be momentarily closed whenever there is a slightest weather chaos or high velocity winds. So there is no need to fear about flying to Jomsom. However, there is also an alternative of driving to Pokhara in same day in case of bad weather for this flight.
Is it doable in winter? What is the best time to do Annapurna Circuit trek?
April to mid June during spring and September to November during autumn before the harsh winter is the best time to trek to Annapurna Circuit when the view of Annapurna massif, beautiful gorges and startling landscapes are at its best state. Keen walkers from around the world come to visit Annapurna Circuit during winter (December till February) despite the serious chill factor and lower temperature since the day time in winters offers crystal clear weather and exceptional mountain views. However, there might be chances of closure of Thorong La pass due to snow fall. As the climate change has basically altered the pattern of weather factor winter trekking is doable if there is no heavy snow, all you need to do is prepare for the worst of chill weather circumstance.
Is there any possibility to customize Annapurna Circuit trek?
Yes, as per the time convenient to you and the level of fitness you can always modify the Annapurna Circuit trek. Depending on your time schedule you can either book for the whole circuit via Poonhill or semi circuit i.e. flying from Jomsom airport to Pokhara after the highest Thorong La pass. Mountain Monarch has always been successful in organizing customized trek for the clients as per their requirements.
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