Annapurna Circuit with Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Published By: December 31, 2019Written By:Shankar Adhikari

Annapurna Circuit with Annapurna Base Camp Trek is one of the most popular treks in the world. It is not only famous in Nepal but is listed among the top trekking trails in the world. The snow-capped mountains, cultural varieties and different flora and fauna makes Annapurna region one of the best destinations in the world.

We will enjoy the unique culture, dense forest and amazing terrain throughout the trek. As we walk along the trails, we will witness the beauty of snow-capped mountains and blooming Rhododendron.

However, crossing Thorong La Pass which is one of the highest passes in the world is the exciting and thrilling part of the trek. Crossing the pass might be quite difficult but it is an achievement in itself ones you cross it.

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This trek starts from Besisahar to Nayapul and reaches at the top of Thorong La pass. After traveling to Thorong La Pass, we descent our way towards Muktinath. We visit the holy temple and sprinkle the sacred water from 108 water sprouts.

You will be walking from Kagbeni to Chhomrong to reach Himalaya. Walking the trail of Himalaya to Annapurna Base Camp, we pass through Machhapuchhre Base Camp. You will explore the majestic mountains like Annapurna Massif, Dhaulagiri and many other in Annapurna Base Camp. Going through the beautiful villages, rivers and amazing landscapes you will descend your way back to Nayapul.

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Highlights of Annapurna Circuit and Base Camp Trekking

  • Get the view of massif Annapurna Mountains to range with some of the world’s highest mountains, Mt. Annapurna (8091m), Mt.Dhaulagiri (8160), Mt. Manalsu (8156m).
  • Exploring the huge and colorful Rhododendron forest
  • Crossing the world’s highest Thorong la pass located at 5416m.
  • Visiting the most famous and typical Muktinath Temple, where at ones Hindu and Buddhist pray
  • Exploring the mesmerizing beauty and greenery Landscape.
  • Exploring the world’s deepest Gorges and holy fossils of Kaligandaki River.
  • Getting to know more about the unique and rich culture of different groups such as Gurung, Magar, Thakali.
  • Interacting with the local people.
  • Exploring the varieties of flora and fauna.
  • Going through the wave-like series of green hills.
  • Experiencing the heavenly feeling in amphitheater Annapurna Base Camp Trekking.
  • Chances to relax in natural hot spring in Tatopani.

In how many days can we complete the Annapurna Circuit with Annapurna Base Camp Trek?

The trek can be done completely in 18days, 22days, 25 days and 27 days. It depends on which route you take and how much can you spend during the trek. The duration of the trek also depends on the starting point of your trek.

The given itinerary is for 22days which is an average number of days to complete the Annapurna Circuit and Base camp trek. However, you can customize your trek according to your requirements.

DAY 01: Arrive in Kathmandu and Check-in in Hotel.

DAY 02: Drive from Kathmandu to Beshishahar

DAY 03: Drive to Syange and trek to Dharapani

DAY 04: Trek from Dharapani to Chame

DAY 05: Trek from Chame to Pisang

DAY 06: Trek from Pisang to Manang

DAY 07: Acclimatization in Manang

DAY 08: Early in the morning trek from Manang to Yak Kharka

DAY 09: Again start your trek from Yak Kharka to Thorung Phedi

DAY 10: Trek from Thorung Phedi to Thorong La Pass to Muktinath

DAY 11: Drive from Muktinath to Tatopani

DAY 12: Trek from Tatopani to Sikha

DAY 13: Trek from Sikha to Ghorepani

DAY 14: Hike to Poon Hill and trek to Tadapani

DAY 15: Trek from Tadapani to Sinuwa

DAY 16: Trek from Sinuwa to Deurali

DAY 17: Trek from Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp

DAY 18: From Annapurna Base Camp trek back to Bamboo

DAY 19: Trek from Bamboo to Chhomrong

DAY 20: Trek to Nayapul from Chhomrong and drive to Pokhara

DAY 21: Explore the beauty of Pokhara

DAY 22: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu

Best Time to Travel to Annapurna Circuit and Base Camp

September, October, and November which is Autumn in Himalaya are generally considered to be the best time to trek. During this time the monsoon clears the air and the trails are dust-free. This is a peak trekking season so most of the tea houses will be busy.

It is possible to trek the Annapurna Circuit and Annapurna Base Camp in winter. But, you need to prepare for cold days and even colder nights. Due to heavy snowfalls, there might also be the possibility of delays or detours.

Many trekkers will find the route blocked in January. As heavy snowfall makes dangerous conditions over the Thorong La pass.

A pleasant alternative to the busy autumn trekking season can be February, March and early April. The weather during this season provides warmer and longer days. You can get to explore the way flooded with pink rhododendrons in full bloom.

The weather during May is warm, particularly at lower altitudes and has the risk of pre-monsoon rainfall. So you’ll need to be well prepared with proper rain gear if you travel during this time.

As of June, July and August considered as the monsoon season. The rain brings the risk of flooding the rivers in the circuit’s lower sections and landslides to the unstable slopes. Views of the Himalayas obscure behind the cloud as it doesn’t rain every day. You will get to observe the lush and green scenery on your way. But it is best to avoid trekking now of the year.

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How difficult is Annapurna Circuit with Annapurna Base Camp Trekking?

Annapurna Circuit with Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a moderate to difficult trek. As it has the longest trekking routes in the Annapurna region, it is challenging for a beginner trekkers. It might be difficult to complete the trek without proper physical exercise and training.

The most difficult part of the trek is crossing the Thorung La Pass at 5416 meters.

You will cover the distance of over 230 kilometers during the trek. You should be able to walk 8-15 kilometers a day on this trek.

It involves walking on steep and narrow terrain, downhill and uphill climbs and even snow. So the Annapurna Circuit and Base Camp Trek become more challenging in the winter season as most of the trails get covered with snow. Likewise, the weather and temperature during winter and monsoon may not be very favorable for trekking. It only adds to the difficulty of the trek.

The average walking duration during the Annapurna Circuit and Annapurna Base Camp trek is 6-7 hours per day. You should be fit to walk such hours. Yet, people who are not used to trekking might have a hard time during the entire trek to Annapurna Circuit and Annapurna Base Camp.

Acclimatization is very necessary when trekking to a higher altitude. It helps to adjust your body in the new surrounding. It helps to reduce the problem of altitude sickness too. The amount of oxygen is low at a higher altitude. This results in difficulty in breathing. It also involves problems such as headache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, etc. Thus, altitude sickness becomes a barrier when trekking to the Annapurna Circuit.

Tips and Training for Annapurna Circuit and Annapurna Base Camp Trek Difficulty

Tips

  • Doing physical preparation before the Annapurna Circuit and base camp trek will be very helpful. Make sure you engage in physical activities such as swimming, running, cycling, etc three weeks before your trek.
  • Walk slowly and do not rush to reach the destination sooner as walking slowly is the key to complete the trek.
  • Alcoholic consumption will only dehydrate your body. So, try to avoid alcohol and maintain a high level of non- alcoholic fluid consumption.
  • To prevent the problem of altitude sickness, carry some Diamox tablets.
  • Always carry appropriate trekking gear with you. Do not forget to carry rain gear if you are trekking in monsoon season. You do not have to carry bulky clothes during autumn and spring season.

Training

  • You should be able to hike for 6-7 hours a day.
  • You should practice to carry 8 kg on a backpack yourself.
  • Our suggestion is to run about 4/5 miles in your near places for the preparation with some load on your back for 2 to 3 months to make your climbing much easier. You can also use a treadmill for everyday running and walking.
  • You should go hiking with a load packed bag pack once a week if you have an uphill location/mountain near your home. You can use stairs to go up/down the elevator if you do not have mountains and high hills.
  • For additional training, you can do regular swimming, biking, rowing, etc.

Cost Range for Annapurna Circuit with Annapurna Base Camp Trek

The total cost for Annapurna Circuit with Annapurna Base Camp Trek ranges from USD1200 to 2200. However, it depends on the number of the person you are in a group. You can get a discount if you are traveling in a group. Remember, the more people in the group less will be the cost.

This cost includes all the bus transfer, your complete meal for the entire trek i.e. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Your trekking permit fees, accommodation, guides, taxes and service charges are also included in this package.

However, all other expenses like your flight tickets, porter’s services, and any tips are not included.

You can also customize your trek according to your choices which may cost you more or less according to the places you visit. There is an advantage of booking a package trek as everything will be taken care of for your visit and you will not have to go through the hassle of planning and organizing a trip.

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FAQs

How long do we walk every day when doing Annapurna Circuit and Base Camp trekking?

You should walk about 4 to 6 hours per day on average. Sometimes your walking hour is only 4-5 hours while you will walk for 6/7 hours if the trails are easy.

The highest altitude reached in this trek?

The highest altitude reached is 5416m at Thorong la pass. Crossing the Thorong La pass is the highest elevation you will reach during the trek.

Are there battery charging and hot shower facilities available during the trek?

You can charge batteries en route. For this, you need to bring your charger. There are hot shower facilities as well. You may have to pay a certain amount for both i.e $1-$2. However, you might get a free hot water facility at a lower elevation.

Are there ATMs on the way to Annapurna Circuit and Base Camp?

There are only a few ATMs on this trek route. You have to draw enough cash from Pokhara or Kathmandu. There are many ATMs in these cities. Everything you do is in Nepali rupees. Always make sure you carry enough Nepali currency before you set off for the trek.

Is there any physical requirement for Annapurna Circuit and Base Camp Trek?

Anyone who is physically fit can join the Annapurna Circuit with Annapurna Base Camp trek. The trek does not require any expert trekking experience. However, it will be helpful if you do some basic exercises before your Annapurna Circuit and Base Camp trek. You must seek medical advice from your doctor before considering the trek if you have any medical condition.

Who will receive me at the airport on my arrival?

Our team representative will be there to welcome you outside of the Arrival section of Tribhuvan International Airport. He will be waiting with the name card with your name on it. You will be transferred to the pre-chosen hotel after that.

What kind of accommodation can I expect during the trek?

Accommodation depends on your preference and budget. We can accommodate you according to your choice. You can choose from a budget hotel to luxurious five-star services but usually we offer three-star hotel services in our itinerary. However, you will be staying in tea houses/lodges with basic facilities during the trek. We also offer sleeping bags if required, but it’s always a good idea to carry a personal sleeping bag. Depending on the availability and prior booking, we provide you with single and double rooms. It is quite difficult to get a single room during the peak season so we recommend you book early.

Can I extend my trek?

Yes, it is possible to add some more days to your trek. We can customize your trek according to your preferences with additional costs including guides, accommodation, food, and porters.

What is the temperature like during the trek?

The weather in the mountains is very difficult to predict. The nights are colder whereas, the days are warmer. The weather during the day is comfortably dry and warm if you will be trekking in the spring or autumn season. The temperature could be as 15-degree Celcius low and high as 20-degrees Celsius during the daytime.

Can I visit Tilicho Lake during the circuit and base camp trek?

Yes, you can visit and it can be combined in the trek itinerary. You can visit Tilicho Lake and cross Thorong La pass but you need 3 extra days with Annapurna circuit trek itinerary.

Note: This is a full itinerary of Annapurna Circuit with Annapurna Base Camp Trek designed for you to make your trek easy. You can customize your trek according to the places you want to visit. Real Adventure Nepal tours & travels provides you with a complete plan of your trek and organizes a hassle-free trip. You can visit our website for further inquiries.

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