Arrive in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. Check in at Hotel. We are happy to organize airport pickups if needed.
Culturally varied trek from farm villages to Thorung La pass at 5416 meters leads to old villages of Manang and Mustang regions offering majestic views of the peaks of Annapurna Himalaya. Starting from Kathmandu, finishing on the shores of the Fewa Tal lake in Pokhara, the tour offers a full experience from great shopping to Hindu temples and Buddhist monasteries. The Annapurna Circuit is a true Himalayan classic and one of the best treks on the planet.
Arrive in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. Check in at Hotel. We are happy to organize airport pickups if needed.
After breakfast at the hotel, we will start driving west through the scenic middle hills. Deep gorges and the first snow peaks can bee seen along with typical Nepali lifestyle, before reaching the trailhead at Beshi Sahar. Here our porters and guides will prepare the group, and a few hours of walking will lead us to our first guesthouse in Chamje.
First full day of trekking will take us through the farm villages towards the peaks of Manaslu range while mule caravans can bee seen carrying loads to mountain villages. The first mountain peaks and Buddhist signs will come in sight.
The trail enters the deep gorges, the vegetation has changed to pine trees and the mountains have come closer. Buddhism takes over in colors of prayer flags. Traditional villages appear on hillsides, snow-capped peaks are in sight as we stop for overnight in Chame village.
Starting out through barley fields and apple orchards, follow the river through a steep, narrow gorge to enter the upper Manang district. In this cold, almost arid climate wheat, barley, buckwheat and potato crops are limited to one per year and villagers depend on their herds of yaks, goats, cows and horses.
Following the river upstream the valley widens, and the most majestic peaks of the Annapurna range come to sight on close range. Annapurna and Gangapurna peaks with massive glaciers leading to turquoise lakes are surrounded by rugged terrain. Old kingdom famous for trades welcomes us with a good range of services, including Himalayan Rescue Association clinic, shops, cafés and small venues showing movies.
From Pissang to Manang is definitely a ‘viewing’ day. All along the trail are sacred objects of Tibetan Buddhism – chorten, mani walls and, in Braga, a fascinating gompa stands above Tibetan houses which cling to the hillside, their balconies formed by the roof of the house below. In the afternoon Annapurnas II, III and IV become increasingly imposing.
After resting and acclimatizing in Manang, it is time to start the ascent. Days get shorter as the altitude comes in faster on the steeper paths leading towards the pass; views of the Annapurna range get better every step. We stop for overnight in the small settlement of Yak Kharka.
Rising pass the vegetation we get close to the peak of Chulu Range, as the surrounding gets rocky and dry. Lying in rough surroundings below the final path across to the next valley, we rest in a rugged guesthouse before starting our final and most challenging day over one of the highest trekking passes anywhere.
Before dawn, we use the cold night to climb steep and rocky slopes to reach the higher grounds where the path takes more moderate angle through possible snowfields. The long and challenging day through the high mountains leads to the pass and eventually downhill to the town of Muktinath. Lower Mustang area covers some of the most scenic old villages, surrounded by the rough terrain more similar to the Tibetan plateau.
In the morning, we will visit the temple of Muktinath. In the temple, the spring water flows from a rock face via 108 spouts, where you can take a bath. We will drive with the jeep to Tatopani. On the way we visit the Lower Mustang in the idyllic village of Kagbeni. The landscape is changing slowly headed down the verdant valley of Kali Kandaki.
Another rough day of driving down will go all the way to Pokhara, Nepal´s number two travel hub with great restaurants, view to the Annapurna massif and relaxing atmosphere in the shores of lake Fewa Tal.
We will drive back to Kathmandu.
Kathmandu Valley hosts seven UNESCO world heritage sites, all of which are active shrines and temples. Today we will have a full day guided tour introducing the most fascinating and famous places like Pashupatinath, Boudhanath and Durbar Square.
Pashupatinath Temple is dedicated to the Hindu Lord - Shiva, the God of Destruction, also known as Pashupatinath (Lord of Animals). This temple is, moreover, a final destination for the Hindu devotees of all around the world.
Boudhanath Stupa is one of the holiest sites in Nepal. It envelops an absolute admiration and faith not only from the Buddhist perspective, but Hindus of Nepal also pay their equal respect to this pious Buddhist site.
The Durbar square is known to be the social, religious and urban focal point of the capital city. Our visit to Durbar Square includes many temples, monuments and colourful local shops.
Departure from Kathmandu. Airport transfer available upon your request.
The Annapurna Circuit Trek will take you over varied terrain, and you’ll hike around 4 - 10 hours per day. We recommend preparing physically for hiking through regular walking, biking, or hiking. The better physical condition you have, the more you get out of hiking. The highest point on the trek is 5,416 meters above sea level.
A typical trekking day
A typical trekking day starts around 7.00 in the morning. This is followed by packing the equipment. We discuss the upcoming trekking day over breakfast. Hiking begins after breakfast, around 8.00 AM. Warm lunch is served around noon and the afternoon hiking portion is usually shorter than in the morning. During the hike, you can walk your own pace. Your local guide will always walk with you. When you arrive at your accommodation, it’s time for relaxation and a shower. Dinner is usually served around 19.00.-20.00 in the evening, and your guide will go over the next day’s route during that.
Visa and permit information
Nepal visa will be redeemed on arrival in Nepal. You will need one passport photo and a passport that’s valid at least six (6) months after the trip. The Nepalese visa costs around 25 USD for less than 15 days, and 40 USD for stays from 15 to 30 days. The visa will be for paid in cash upon arrival at the airport.
Hiking Permits are purchased on your behalf and are included in the tour price. For this, it is important for you to upload a copy of your passport to your account’s information page. If this is not possible, you are always welcome to send the copy in PDF or image (JPG) format to email@example.com.
Check that the primary vaccinations, polio, and tetanus are valid during the trip. Travelers to Nepal and India are recommended to get vaccinated for Hepatitis A. Malaria is found only in low-lying areas of southern Nepal. For more information about vaccinations, please consult your doctor.
On all trekking and climbing trips in Nepal, you need travel insurance to cover ill-health in addition to helicopter evacuation and repatriation moving more than 3000 meters of altitude. We also recommend checking the coverage of your travel cancellation insurance.
Every person should have no more than 15 kg of equipment with them on the trek. The equipment should also include a sleeping bag and an inflatable mattress. You can leave everything that you won’t need on a trek in the hotel.
Bottled drinking water can be purchased in the cities. Please remember to take your own refillable water bottle on the trek as purchasing water is not possible. During daily hikes you can drink by boiled purified water, which is sold at the guesthouses or use water purification tablets that can be purchased on site. Both of these options are safe.
Nepal's currency is the Nepalese Rupee (NPR). There are ATMs in Kathmandu that take Visa, Mastercard, and Visa Electron cards if you wish to take cash out in Nepal. Money can be exchanged at exchange offices locally.
Please make sure to have € 20-25 per day for meals not included in the package. Also, remember to have money for visa and tipping purposes.
The tipping culture in Nepal does not have any strict rules. However, it is good to remember that it is always voluntary. If the service has been good at a restaurant, it is polite to leave 5-15% of the total bill. The general tipping amount considered polite for your mountain guides is around €5 per day.
There are more than 100 different languages spoken in the country. Nepal's three main languages are Nepali, Maithili, and Bhojpuri. English is spoken in most tourist areas and if need of help, ask your local guide to translate.
Weather in Nepal
The climate in Nepal varies from tropical to arctic. The south and central Nepal have a tropical climate. Daily temperatures vary during the trekking seasons between 20-35 degrees Celsius, but evenings can be cool. Nestled in the mountains, over 3000 meters of altitude, the night temperature may fall at the beginning and the end of the season hiking to below freezing.
The seasons in Nepal can be divided into spring and autumn. There is a lot of snow in the mountains during spring and magnolias, and rhododendrons are in bloom. The sky is often clear in the mornings and clouds start to form in the afternoon. The monsoon season in Nepal begins in June and continues until mid-September. The autumn tourist season in Nepal starts in mid-September and runs until the end of November.
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Faralong.com’s tours are divided into three Service level categories and five Physical Activity categories:
Accommodation in simple guesthouses or hotels when away from developed travel areas, or trekking off the beaten track.
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1 (Easy) - These tours are suitable for everyone and include a decent amount of walking.
2 (Medium) - These tours are suitable for everyone and include day hikes on various terrain, which are normally not mandatory.
3 (Hard) - These tours are suitable for people with an average fitness level and include day hikes and treks to various places, which are a mandatory part of the program.
4 (Very hard) -These tours are suitable for people with an intermediate level of fitness and include challenging treks on various terrain.
5 (Extreme) - These tours are suitable for people who are looking for some serious challenges. Have a good look at the program and do some research before committing to one of these tours.
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At this point in time, we are unfortunately unable to provide these tours in other languages.
Please make sure that all of your travel documents are up to date and valid before departure.
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In some cases, Faralong.com is allowed to require a doctor’s note from the client that states their ability to take part in a tour with high physical activity level.
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