Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek

Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek

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Trip Facts

  • Grade:Strenuous
  • Group Size: 1-12 people
  • Min. Age: 16

Accomodation

  • Grade:Strenuous
  • Group Size: 1-12 people
  • Min. Age: 16

Meals

  • 16 Breakfasts
  • 9 Lunches
  • 15 Dinners

Trip Introduction

The Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of Nepal’s most famous classic treks. This route is surrounded by Central Nepal’s mountain ranges. The path follows the Kali Gandaki River, which flows through the world’s deepest George between two massive peaks. Thorung La Pass (5,416m/177,769ft) is the highest point of the trek and one of the greatest trekking paths in Nepal. The Annapurna Circuit Trek allows you to travel over old pathways and across a unique landscape.

 

You will be exposed to Gurung and Thakali culture and will learn about their way of life. You will also pass by several waterfalls falling down into the main river. The thrilling walk down the Kali Gandaki valley to Muktinath, a Hindu and Buddhist holy mountain temple From Hindu settlement in the beautiful foothills to Tibetan Buddhist communities in the extreme west, this trek provides great geographical and cultural diversity. This people in this region show a great hospitality.    You will be invited into their homes and communities, allowing you to engage yourself in Nepalese culture.

 

Your 20-day adventure begins with a drive from Kathmandu to BulBule. From BulBule, you will begin your hike toward Bahundanda. The trek proper begins here, with suspension bridges crossing and re-crossing the gorge formed by the Marshyangdi River until arriving in Manang, the route’s largest settlement. An acclimatization day is spent here to preparation for the passage of the Thorung La pass, the trek’s highest point at 5416m. The journey will come to an end at Hile.

 

Trip Facts

 

Country Nepal
Duration 20 Days
Maximum Altitude 5,416m/ 17,769ft
Region Annapurna
Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation Hotel, Lodge, Teahouses
Grade Moderate
Best season Mar, Apr, May, Sep, Oct, Nov

 

 

Trip Highlights

 

  • Hike through the Kali Gandaki Gorge, the world’s deepest gorge.
  • Experience relaxing hot spring at Tatopani.
  • Enjoy the wonderful views of Mt. Annapurna, Thorung Peak, Nilgiri, Chulu west and east, Tukuche Peak, Dhaulagiri, Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV.
  • On the route, wonder at the spectacular lakes, glaciers, gorges, and waterfalls.
  • Pass through two river valleys, the Marshyangdi River Valley and the Kali Gandaki River Valley.
  • Take a walk along an old trade route that is still followed by locals.
  • Visit Muktinath, a Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimage site.
  • Poonhill offers breathtaking sunrise and sunset views.

 

Is this trek appropriate for you?

 

  • The Annapurna Circuit Trek is the Challenging Trek. You can easily complete this trek if you are physically and mentally prepared and willing to do so.
  • You will be Trekking for 16Days. The Path can be completed in as little as 5 hours as much as 10 hours.
  • The walk is not tricky, there is no Climbing or Scrambling but the path is rocky and hilly.
  • Each day you will cover 200 to 400 meters in height while trekking. Highest point in trek you will reach on the trek is 5,416m.
  • The weather and Remoteness of this trek, as well as dealing with the high altitude, require a slow pace and the need to stay hydrated.

 

Itinerary

Days Activities Duration
1. Arrival at TIA Kathmandu (1,400m/4,592ft)
2. Drive from Kathmandu to Bulbule (840m/2,760ft) 6-7hrs
3. Trek from Bulbule to Bahundanda (1,310m/ 4,300ft) 5-6hrs
4. Trek from Bahundanda to Chamje (1,430m/ 4,691ft) 5-6hrs
5. Trek from Chamje to Dharapani (2,100m/ 6,889ft) 6-7hrs
6. Trek from Dharapani to Chame (2,710m/ 8,891ft) 5-6hrs
7. Trek from Chame to Upper pisang (3,356m/11,01ft) 4-5hrs
8. Trek from Upper pisang to Manang (3,519m/11,545ft) 5-6hrs
9. Acclimatization day at Manang (3,519m/11,545ft)
10, Trek from Manang to Shri Kharka (4000m/13,122ft) 3-4hrs
11. Trek from Shir kharka to Tilicho Base Camp (4,150m/ 13,614ft) 3-4hrs
12. Hike from Tilicho Base Camp to Tilicho Lake (4,919m/ 16,141ft) and Trek back to Yak kharka 8-9hrs
13. Trek from Yak kharka to Thorang Phedi (4,533m/14,872ft) 3-4hrs
14. Trek From Throng Phedi to Muktinath (3,800m/12,470ft) Via Thorang la Pass (5,416m/ 17,769ft) 7-8hrs
15. Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom (2,743m/ 8,999ft) 5-6hrs
16. Trek from Jomsom to Kalopani (2,505m/ 8218ft) 7-8hrs
17. Trek from Kalopani to Tatopani (2,474m/ 8,117ft) 5-6hrs
18 Trek from Tatopani to Ghorepani (2,858m/9,376ft) 7-8hrs
19 Trek from Ghorepani to Hile and Drive to Pokhara (800m/2,624ft) 7-8hrs
20. Fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu (1,400m/4,592ft)
21. Rest Day at Kathmandu
22. Departure

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Day To Day Itinerary

  • Departure from: Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Arrival On: Kathmandu, Nepal

Day 1

Upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA). Our agent will greet you and accompany you to the hotel. Drive to the hotel and check-in. Our guide will come to see you in the evening and give you a brief overview of the journey. At the hotel, we had dinner and stayed the night.

Day 2

The journey begins with a drive to Bulbule via the Kathmandu-Pokhara Highway, followed by a rocky route beside the Marshyangdi River. We arrive in Besisahar, the capital of Lamjung District, after 6 hours of driving. From there, the drive will take an hour to Bulbule, the beginning point of our trek. Dinner and Overnight stay at the Lodge.

 

Day 3

Today After breakfast, we will hike through villages, along the road, and to the east bank of the Marshyangdi River, where we will have lunch. Today you will walk for 5 to 6 hours upwards to the Brahmin settlement of Bahun danda, your destination. Dinner and Overnight at the Lodge.

 

Day 4

After breakfast in Bahun danda, the trekking path descends to Syange and over the Marshyangdi River on a suspension bridge, then ascends sharply and crosses the cliff face to the stone settlement of Jagat, where you will rest for lunch. You’ll be walking for 4 to 5 hours today. The path declines before ascending through the jungle to Chamje. Dinner and Overnight stay at the Lodge.

Day 5

Breakfast at the Chamje Lodge in the early morning. Today, we’ll begin our journey by going over the right bank of the Marsyangadi River and crossing the suspension bridge. We will visit Manang district after ascending to Tal, which is known for its valley views and waterfalls. The route continues past the settlement of Khotro through barley, rice, and potato farms, as well as pine woods. The new route continues past Karte and Nache villages, with a stone Kani providing a ceremonial entry to Dharapani. Dharapani is a connecting point for the Manaslu round trip as well as other large settlements in the Manang valley. Dinner and Overnight at the Lodge.

Day 6

Enjoy Early Morning breakfast at Dharapani.After that, we begin our trek to Chame. Then we’ll ascend a slope to Bagarchhap, passing through a forest of blue pine, spruce, hemlock, maple, and oak. We’ll make our way through the woods to Danaque, a valley surrounded by apple trees. The path rises along the mule road into the inside and pine woods before following the river through the taller oak and maple trees. Chame is the administrative center for the Manang district. Dinner and Overnight at the Lodge.

 

Day 7

After breakfast, with Lamjung Himal shining in the early sun, we’ll ascend beyond Mani walls to a buckwheat field in Telekhu’s small town. You will enjoy a lengthy, pleasant, mainly smooth walk through the forest with some spectacular sights as you get further into it. The path crosses the river valley with magnificent views of Pisang Mountain and the east summit of Annapurna II at Pisang. Dinner and Overnight at the Lodge.

Day 8

After breakfast, the route takes a wide turn through the beautiful village, passing by painted Mandalas. Hike across fields of grazing Yak and a diverse range of crops. To reach to Ngawal, the path climbs a difficult slope on the right side of the Marsyangdi River, but it is one of the highest observation spots over the entire Annapurna Range and the Marshyangdi River valley. We travel through pine forests, villages like Barga, and farmland terraces along the road. Mangang a major Tibetan village, offers spectacular views of Annapurna, Gangapurna, and Tarkekang. Dinner and Overnight at the Lodge.

 

Day 9

This day, we’ll tour the Manang area to acclimate to the higher elevations you’ll face on your way to the Thoroung La.  Views of the milky blue glacial lake at the foot of the spectacular Gangapurna icefall, verdant landscapes, silvery mountains, chortens, monasteries, and ancient stone structures are all breathtaking. You may visit Khangsur hamlet, Kecho Lake, Milarepa cave, and learn about their distinct culture and way of life. Overnight and Dinner at the Lodge.

 

Day 10

After breakfast, you will depart for Shri kharka, where we will walk on an upwards trail and cross a suspension bridge over the Manang River. The pine-forested path that leads to Khangsar village you ascend, surrounded on all sides by snowy peaks, until you reach Khangsar. Continue your journey to Shree Kharka on a climbing trail. Dinner and Overnight at the Lodge.

Day 11

We’ll be leaving for Tilicho base camp after breakfast today. Today’s walk is not as difficult because you only need to climb for a short period of time. Because the path passes through landslide effect areas, you must proceed with caution. On the way, you’ll notice an amazing rock formation. When you arrive at the base camp, you will be greeted by stunning mountain views. Dinner and Overnight at the Lodge.

Day 12

Today is the most important day of our trek. We will hike up to Tilicho Lake after breakfast in the early morning because the wind may disrupt us if we are delayed. The Tilicho trail begins in a side valley and then climbs a moraine. Taekeghyang, Gangapurna, and the Khangsar Kang can all be seen from here. Tilicho Lake, the world’s highest lake at, provides a particularly dramatic spectacle. Its turquoise water occasionally reflects the surrounding peaks, but more often than not, it is filled with frozen solids. After spending time at Tilicho Lake, we will return to yak kharka via the same route. You’ll be out walking for 8 to 9 hours.Dinner and Overnight at the Lodge.

Day 13

We gradually ascend to a hill before descending to the Marshyangdi’s headwaters and crossing through a covered wooden bridge. We take a small trail across an unstable high hill and then descend to Thorung High Camp after a short rise up the road on the right bank. This is the final camp before tackling the Thorong La Pass. Dinner and Overnight at the Lodge.

Day 14

We need an early start today for the Thorung La crossing (5416m). The terrain turns steep shortly after leaving camp, but because locals have been using this track for hundreds of years, it is well marked. The slope gradually eases, and after about 4 hours of continuous rising, we arrive at the pass’s prayer flags. The views are spectacular, from the snow-covered mountains above to the head of the Kali Gandaki River below to the brown and purple hills of Mustang that extend out before us. The descent to Muktinath is a challenging 1600m. The spectacular landscapes of Dhaulagiri, on the other hand, are a welcome distraction. Dinner and Overnight at the Lodge.

Day 15

Today, after breakfast in Muktinath, we will depart for Jomsom. We now begin the spectacular fall down the Kali Gandaki valley, passing through dry territory in the same geological and climatic zone as Tibet. We follow the valley floor most of the way to Jomsom after passing through Jharkot and Khingar, villages with traditional Tibetan architecture. On the way, we got spectacular views of both Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri. Jomsom is a wide town that stretches along both sides of the Kali Gandaki River. Dinner and Overnight at the Lodge.

Day 16

Today, after breakfast, depart Jomsom for Kalopani. You’ll be walking for 7 to 8 hours today. We’ll eat lunch at Marpha. Cross the river and walk to Chokhepani via the Tibetan Refugee Camp at Chairo, then on to Tukuche. The path from Tukuche is sloping, passing past the tiny settlements of Sauru, Kobang, and Larjung along the way. We cross the river and continue our journey down to Kalopani. Dinner and Overnight at the Lodge.

Day 17

Today, after breakfast, depart Kalopani and go to Tatopani. You’ll be walking for 5 to 6 hours. We get near to one of the big access roads today, so we split from the main path and follow the river until we reach Ghasa. We descend for the most of the day, crossing the river right before Tatopani. Tatopani means “hot water,” and this town is blessed with two hot springs. We may take advantage of the springs to give our legs a well-deserved rest before the end of the trek. Dinner and Overnight at the Lodge.

Day 18

We’ll be departing towards Ghorepani today, and we’ll be climbing slowly through dense forest until we reach Shikha. We’ll be trekking for around 7-8 hours. We have amazing views down the Kali Gandaki Valley and across to the Dhaulagiri Mountain from our point of view. We continue through the rhododendron forest to Ghorepani. Dinner and Overnight at the Lodge.

Day 19

To get at Poonhill before sunrise, we will get up early. And trek to Poonhill, which is the greatest view point in the Annapurna region.  The view of the rising sun and its rays dropping over the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges is breathtaking. After capturing the Moment come down to the Ghorepani and enjoy your delicious breakfast. Descend in the direction of Hile it’s a steep downhill trek with breathtaking views of nature. When you arrive at Hile, your jeep will be waiting for you, and you will go on a scenic 3- to 4-hour journey to Pokhara. Check into your hotel, wander around Lake Side Pokhara, or go cycling. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 20

After breakfast, you can go sightseeing in Pokhara or try paragliding. After that, have lunch and then fly back to Kathmandu. The flight lasts approximately 30 minutes. You will be escorted to the hotel and assisted with check-in. After a while, take a break or go shopping if you want. You can wander around Thamel. Dinner and Overnight at the Hotel.

 

Day 21

This is your final day in Kathmandu. Enjoy your breakfast at Bouddhanath. Then go for a walk in Kathmandu’s valley. You can go shopping or visit Durbar Square, and then have a farewell dinner with your guide later that evening. Staying in the hotel for the night.

Day 22

The 21-day journey has come to a conclusion. Today is your last day in Kathmandu. Our representative will have a short discussion on the trip and take your feedback after a hearty breakfast. Following this session, he will drive you to the airport in our private transportation 3 hours before your trip.

 

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Route Map

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Altitude Map

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What's Included

  • Arrival and Departure: Airport – Hotel – Airport (Pick Up and Drop).
  • Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu: 2 nights in a star category hotel on Twin sharing and BB basis.
  • Hotel accommodation in Pokhara: 1 night in a star category hotel on Twin sharing and BB basis.
  • Food & Lodging: 3 meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) along with accessible accommodation sharing during the trek.
  • All government and local taxes if necessary.
  • Permit: All required documents: ACAP Permit and the TIMS card charge.
  • Member transportation: – Air Transportation: (Domestic Flight) Fly from Pokhara- Kathmandu. Road Transportation: – From Kathmandu to Bulbule and Hile to Pokhara
  • Drinking: 2 liters of boiled water to carry on thermos per day per member.
  • Guide: Government licensed Guide (English speaking) during the trek
  • Porter: Porters (2 trekkers: 1 porter) up to 15kg during the trek.
  • Insurance of guide and potter.
  • Comprehensive Medical kit.

What's Not Included

  • Air Fare: International flight airfare (from and to Kathmandu).
  • Nepal entry Visa fee.
  • Extra night in Kathmandu: Extra nights’ expenses in Kathmandu. In case of early arrival or late departure, early return from Trekking (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
  • Personal Insurance: Travel and high-altitude insurance. *Mandatory
  • Rescue Evacuation: Medical and emergency rescue evacuation cost if required. (Rescue, Repatriation, Helicopter, Medication, Medical Tests and Hospitalization costs).
  • Personal Expenses: Telephone calls, Internet, Toiletries, battery recharge, hot shower, laundry, soft drinks, beer and any alcoholic beverages.
  • Personal Equipment: Clothing, Packing Items or Bags, Personal Medical Kit, Personal Trekking equipment.
  • $ USD for extra per porter per day (If extra porter demanded).

Equipment List

What to bring ?
  • Airport pick up & drop off service in a private vehicle

  • 3-star Deluxe accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast

  • All ground transportation by comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary

  • Airport pick up & drop off service in a private vehicle

  • Best available clean and comfortable Tea house accommodation during the trek

  • Highly experienced, English-speaking, government-licensed, trained in first-aid Trek Leader (Guide)

General
  • Trekking sticks

  • Quick-drying pants and shorts

  • Rainwear (jacket and pants)

  • Airport pick up & drop off

  • Best available clean and comfortable Tea

  • Highly experienced, English-speaking,

Clothing

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Accomodation

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Meals

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Dates And Prices

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The ideal season to travel

January:

In Nepal, January is in the midst of winter. The higher elevation receives moderate snowfall, whereas the lower elevation is ideal for trekking. Early January is likely to be one of the best times to visit the Annapurna Region. Annapurna Region trekking in January provides some of the best mountain views. During the day, you will feel warm, but as night falls, you will feel cold. In January, these areas receive little to no rainfall. As a result, the skies remain clear and the surroundings appear even sharper.

February:

The Annapurna Region trek in February is an escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life to a place where all you can see are mountains and scenery. It’s peaceful because February is the coldest month of the year. Most people dislike trekking in the winter because they believe it is extremely difficult.

 

March:

The month of March is ideal for trekking and admiring the spectacular mountain peaks. The ABC trekking trail will be crowded with hikers beginning in March. In the Annapurna region, the spring season begins in March, the month of the Rhododendron. Trekking in March will provide you with the most memorable experiences in a pleasant and mild climate.

 

April:

April is the beginning of spring in Nepal, and the weather is ideal for trekking to Annapurna Region. The views are bright and clear at this time of year, and everyone enjoys spring. The surroundings are vibrant and colorful, with rhododendrons in bloom. It is the best time of year to see various bird and butterfly species. During your April trip to ABC, the weather is completely in your favor. The moderate heat of the sun, combined with the lack of wind, makes it ideal for trekking. Furthermore, the amount of rain and snow is insignificant.

 

May:

May, the final month of the spring season in Nepal, is much hotter. The Annapurna Region trek in May has the highest temperature of the year. Temperature and weather will vary depending on the altitude throughout the trek. At lower altitudes, daytime temperatures can reach 20°C. At night, the temperature drops to around 5°C. During the day, the weather in the lower sections will be extremely hot. The nights, on the other hand, are tolerable.

 

June:

June is the coldest time of the summer and has the least amount of rainfall. In June, the Annapurna Region has a minimum temperature of 0 degrees Celsius. The month of June is the offseason and therefore less popular for trekking. In the region, June marks the start of the wet monsoon season.

 

July:
Trekking in Nepal in July isn’t always joyful because the heavy rains can block your view of the beautiful mountains you’ll pass through. In July, you will notice that the temperature is not as chilly on the Annapurna Region. During the month, the lowest temperature is 6 degrees Celsius and the maximum temperature is 18 degrees Celsius.

 

August:

In the Annapurna region, August is the off-season for trekking. In August, the monsoon season produces strong rains, especially in lower places. Due to weather-related concerns, most hikers avoid this month. The summer monsoon season comes to an end in August. It rains regularly, and you may feel a little chilly as a result. You should also be cautious because the trails are slippery and the possibility of landslides and avalanches is considerable. In addition, the temperature on the trails remains between 6 and 18 degrees Celsius.

 

September:

The monsoon season finishes in September, marking the start of the fall season. The optimum time to trek to Annapurna Circuit Trek is in September. The weather and temperature for the Annapurna Circuit Trek are ideal. The temperature is pleasant during the day, but it is extremely chilly at night. The temperature drops below 0 degrees or below zero degrees at night.

 

October:

October is the month that falls between September and November. As a result, it keeps both monsoon rain and winter’s biting cold at distance. The weather is warm and pleasant in October, with clear skies and fresh air. The nights, on the other hand, are a little chilly, with a brisk breeze coming from the campsite. Throughout the month of October, the weather is pleasant, allowing people to enjoy an unobstructed view of the snow-capped peaks. They can also visit bright valleys and interesting scenery of various colors.

 

November:

The last declared peak season for trekking in Nepal in November. Bright, sunny days and beautiful skies characterize November. On the treks, these provide breathtaking, crystal-clear vistas of the mountains. The days are bright and sunny in November. The sky is clear, with perhaps a few stray clouds possible. The weather is cold, ranging from 12 to 17 degrees Celsius. The average temperature lowers to 7 degrees Celsius at night.

 

December:

In the Annapurna region, December is a rather dry month. It receives fewer than 25 millimeters of rain every year. The Annapurna region is in the shadow of the Himalayas. As a result, December has a lower chance of rain. It is also possible to walk the Annapurna Circuit Trek in December. In December, hikers will get a unique perspective of the region.


Flight to Pokhara.

  • You can book tickets online as well as through any travel agency.
  • Trekking to Annapurna Tilicho lake is one of the most exciting adventures you can have. Almost every journey begins with a flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara Airport, in the beautiful lakeside city of Pokhara. It lies 200 kilometers from Kathmandu, at an elevation of 2711 feet.
  • The Kathmandu Pokhara flight allows for 20kg of checked bags and 5kg of hand luggage.
  • Every day, a large number of flights depart from Tribhuvan Airport’s domestic terminal, taking only about 30 minutes. It’s a beautiful flight, especially if you seat on the right side of the plane and look out the window towards the Himalayas.

Drive to Bulbule

  • The Distance between Kathmandu and Bulbule is 195 km.
  • Traveling to Bulbule by jeep will take around 6-7 hours.
  • The route to Bulbule from Kathmandu is Naubise – Galchi – Malekhu – Kurintar – Muglin – Abu Khairini – Dumre – Besisahar lastly Bulbule.

 


Altitude sickness

Though the Annapurna Region Trek is one of the most cherished and sought-after treks on nearly every trekker’s travel list. All most all the trek in Annapurna region is located in the beyond the altitude of 2,500m and altitude sickness is the sneaky monster that sometime attack even the fittest trekkers beyond 2500m (8,000ft).

As a result, preventing altitude sickness on the Annapurna Region trek and remaining healthy throughout the trek should be your top priorities. With lower air pressure and lower inspiratory oxygen pressure, you’ll be hiking into the high-altitude zone. Acclimatization is the process of progressively becoming familiar with the new climate or changing environmental conditions. Almost everyone going quickly from lower to higher elevations requires altitude adaptation.

At elevations beyond 2,500 meters, AMS symptoms can be detected like:

  • Increased breathing.
  • Increased urination
  • Restless sleep.
  • Periodic breathing at night because of altitude.
  • Dehydration.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Extreme fatigue.
  • Respiratory failure.
  • Cerebral edema.
  • Coma.

 

To guarantee that the condition does not worse, certain precautions should be taken. However, if the symptoms increase, it may be necessary to return to a lower height and seek medical assistance.

 

  • Walk slowly and gradually, as our bodies require time to adjust to the oxygen level. At least one day of acclimatization rest is required for high altitude trekking, and you should go as high as possible before returning to a lower height for the night.

 

  • To gain strength stamina for your Annapurna base camp journey, you should undertake various strength training exercises such as running, cycling, jogging, push-ups, and going to the gym.

 

  • The greatest remedy is to always stay hydrated. On your walk, instead of drinking cooled water, drink warm water and avoid alcohol, cigarette and tobacco. You should also eat a balanced diet for strength.

 

  • Before traveling to an altitude greater than 3000 m, you must properly acclimate. If your body displays any signs of altitude sickness, you must either stop immediately where you are or consider descending to lower altitude.

 

  • Bring a Diamox subscription with you on the trek because it is the most effective altitude sickness medication. However, you should consult with your doctor to see whether it is beneficial.

Things to know before travelling to Annapurna Region.

Drinking-Water

Especially for trekkers, it is very necessary to hydrate your body at a higher altitude than in lower elevations to avoid dehydration and altitude sickness. Lack of fluid can be the main hindrance during the trek. You should hydrate your body with at least 3-4 liters of water on a daily basis (Tea, soup, or normal drinking water).

Annapurna region does not have a water shortage. You can get tap water, spring water throughout the trek but it is not safe to drink without purifying it. Also, the sale of plastic water bottle is banned in Annapurna Region since 2015. You will not get to buy plastic water bottle throughout the trek. Therefore, you need to bring your personal water bottle. We recommend you to use a Reusable water bottle or water pouch favorable for both hot and cold water. You can also use a filtration system like LifeStraw.

Here are some ways that you can use to make the water drinkable.

  1. Boiled water

Boiling water is the best way to purify the water. As we are climbing to a higher altitude you need to boil the water for about 3-minute and season it with a pinch of salt before drinking. You can get free cold water in the teahouse but for boiled water, it cost around 1-1.5 USD per liter.

  1. Purification tablets or electrolyte powder.

Purification tablets like chlorine or iodine tablets are commonly used tablets by trekkers to disinfect the water. 1 tablet is enough for a liter of water. It takes around 30 min for the tablets to dissolve and become drinkable. Water purify by tablets may leave a taste in your mouth.

Electrolyte powder is another option. Electrolyte powder is a better way to purify water than tablets because electrolyte powder contains minerals such as salt, Potassium, Magnesium, which are important for your body during the trek.

  1. UV Light water purifier/ SteriPEN.

It is a simple, effective, and environment-friendly way to purify water. It kills the bacteria and virus within 10 sec by exposing them to ultraviolent light using Steripen, without changing the flavor of water. This is highly recommended method of purifying water. This is the highly recommended method of purifying water


Electricity and Internet facility at Annapurna Region

Electricity facility.

Despite the challenging geography and weather conditions, the Annapurna region has been providing electricity and access to the Internet.

Electricity in Annapurna Region is powered by the hydroelectricity so you can get the free access to electricity throughout the trek. But to charge your device it will cost you extra charge. There is a common place for charging usually in dining area, and you will be charged extra for the use of electricity for charging device on different basis (Per device and voltage of your device).

Charging a mobile phone cost 1.5$- 2$ per device.

Internet Facility and Service

Internet and network facility is must needed to contact your family, friends, employee, to post updates and upload photos during the trek.

Internet access is available throughout the Annapurna Region, but in some area WI-FI might become slow due to the lack of reach of signal to tower and difficult topography.

In higher altitude, you will have access to internet, but have to pay extra.

WI-FI service in higher altitude costs around- NPR 300/USD 2.5

Both NTC and NCell cellular service has been providing the network in Annapurna Region. You can buy the NCell or NTC sim card from the stores in Kathmandu for 1USD. By taking data packages you can use the internet service up to Tilicho lake.

NTC cellular service most preferred over NCell. NTC provides good service and signal connectivity throughout the Annapurna region, comparison to NCell.

 

Buy NTC data package

Dial*1415#

 

Cost of data package in NTC:

-14GB=7$

(Valid up to 28days

-30GB=15$

(Valid up to 90 days)

Check balance

Dial *1415#

 

 

Buy NCell data package

Dial *17123# and select.

 

Cost of data package in NCell:

-15GB=10$

-25GB= 12$

(Valid up to 30 days)

 

Check balance

Dial*101#

 

 

Document needed to buy a sim card.

For foreigner = 1 passport size photo, Passport photocopy, or valid identity card.

For Nepali = 1 Passport size Photo, Photocopy of Citizenship.

Some useful tips to reduce the use of electricity.

  • Extra batteries for the camera.
  • Power bank with 5000-10000mAh.
  • The solar charger and solar lamp (LuminAID lamp).
  • As possible less usage of a device with low brightness, GPS, and WI-FI off.

 


Essential Backpack items for the Trek.

The bag of a trekker also reveals the trekker’s level of experience. A good trekker should be a smart backpacker. You should be pre-prepared for the things that you need in the trek.

Here are some of the things that you need to take with you for the trek.

Travel documents

  • Airline tickets with the itinerary.
  • Travel insurance policy documents.
  • Valid passport.
  • Copies of passport.
  • Passport-sized photos.
  • Nepalese cash.
  • Travel permits.

Clothing

  • A pair of waterproof trekking shoes or hiking boots.
  • A pair of flip flop slippers or running shoes.
  • 2 sets of thermals (leggings and tops)
  • 5-6 pairs of hiking long sleeve shirts or tops.
  • 3 pairs of hiking shorts and pants.
  • 3 fleece jumpers or a set of tracksuits.
  • Good quality windproof down jacket.
  • Lightweight waterproof rain jacket and pants.
  • Neck gaiter, leg warmer, and packet of pocket hand warmers.
  • 5-6 pairs of quick-dry socks, underwear, sports bra.
  • Pair of inner and outer gloves.
  • Knitted Hat, sun cap, beanie, or bandana.
  • Glacier Sunglasses and eyeshade.

Trekking equipment

  • Waterproof trekking bag of 40-50 liter and Rucksack of duffel bag (if your backpack is not enough for all your item and need a potter).
  • Reusable water bottle (both hot and cold) of at least 1-2litre.
  • A sleeping bag and sleeping bag liner.
  • Trekking stick/ poles
  • Crampons (If you are trekking in Winter season, Jan-Feb).
  • LED Headtorch or solar lamp (LuminAID Nepal lamp is best as it solar charged and very much portable)
  • Plug adapter, Charging appliances, power bank, batteries.
  • Pocket knife.
  • Travel Wallet.

Toiletries

  • Rolls of Toilet paper, wet wipes, and tissue.
  • Medium-sized quick-drying towel.
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste.
  • Hand sanitizer.
  • Sunscreen, lip balm, body lotions.
  • Deodorants.
  • Portable mirror.
  • Shampoo and soap.

Personal First Aid Kit

  • Antibiotics
  • Painkillers, Paracetamol, ibuprofen, aspirin, Nicole
  • Sanitary pads
  • Bandages.
  • Anti-inflammatory spray.
  • Anti-Nausea tablets.
  • Anti-diarrhea pills or power.
  • Altitude sickness tablets.
  • Water purifying tablets or electrolyte powder.
  • Mosquito and Insect Repellent
  • Earplugs

You can buy or hire trekking cloths and equipment in Kathmandu. If you are buying it, you have to allow an extra day for shopping; however, if you are hiring it, you must inform us in advance so that we can arrange it before your arrival in Kathmandu. This way you can reduce the weight of your luggage and save time and money.

Branded trekking clothes and equipment are available around Thamel area in a reasonable price.

Note- Kathmandu- Pokhara flight has a luggage allowance of maximum 20 kg per person. For extra baggage, they charge 1$ per kg. So, you can wear your trekking boots and jacket to reduce the weight. Have a hand carry bag for your passport, money, medicine, and pair of clothing. And you can also leave your unnecessary items in Kathmandu hotel.

 


Accommodation, Meal, and Transportation

Accommodation

We will accommodate in star hotel during our stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara.

In Bulbule, Bahundanda, Jomsom, Kalopani, Tatopani, Gorapani we will stay in lodges.

For the rest of the stop, we stay at teahouses.

Meal

During the trek, we will provide you three-time meals. You can choose from the given menu.

Breakfast– French toast, Cornflakes, Cereal, Pancakes, Bread butter, Eggs, Oat meal, Tsampa porridge, Tea etc.

Lunch– Dal Bhaat set (Rice, vegetable curry, meat curry, Lentils, Tomato Chutney, Salad, Papad) vegetable noodle soup, chicken noodles soup, Mushroom garlic soup, Fried noodles, Mo: Mo, Fired yak cheese Potato etc.

Dinner– Dal Bhaat set (Rice, vegetable curry, meat curry, Lentils, Tomato Chutney, Salad, Papad), Mo: Mo, fried noodles, spaghetti, Thukpa, Pizza, Stews, Fried Potato etc.

Besides these, there are a variety of other options of food. You can buy, from your own pocket.

Transportation

By Bus- From Kathmandu airport to Hotel at Kathmandu and vice-versa.

From Kathmandu- BulBule.

From Hile to Pokhara Hotel.

From Hotel to Pokhara Airport.

By Air- Flight to Nepal.

Flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu.

 


Guide and Staff Arrangements

Our well-qualified and professional staff will handle all your activities throughout your trek. They will do all the escorting. We are providing you a highly experienced and licensed Guide with fluent English speaking and has excellent communication as well as navigation skills. They will accompany you from Pokhara Airport and guide you throughout the trek. Each group of 4-5 trekkers will be assigned an assistant guide, as well as a porter for two trekkers (2*15kg =30kg). If your luggage weight more than 15kg you will be provided a porter individually but you will be charged of 2 people.

All our lead guide, assistant guides, and potters are well professional and experienced. So, we hope for your respect and cooperation with them throughout the trek.


A typical day on the Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho lake trek

Every day will begin with the ringing of your alarm clock at 6 a.m. and a knock on your door from your guide with the invitation of breakfast. Get up, have breakfast, pack your backpack and get ready to start your day’s walk by 7 a.m.

You will walk through the lush forests of Rhododendron and Oaks, enjoying the scenery, crossing suspension- wooden bridge, clicking photos, creating memories, passing by other travelers, interacting with your guide, hearing each other’s stories.

Lunch will be served at a local teahouse in the late afternoon (1-2 am). Having lunch and an hour of rest, we will proceed to the day’s final destination as per the itinerary.

On arrival at the destination, check-in at your accommodation. Get freshen up and some rest. As every teahouse where we stay has a large common dining area with a wood- burning stove in the center, there you will get to meet many travelers. You can sit there, laugh at each other stories, play cards, sing songs, play music, and have a good time. This will help you forgot all the tiredness of the day. Later at the evening you will have your dinner together. Enjoy the flavorful Nepalese Dal Bhat. There is this saying Dal Bhat power 24 hr. After dinner, your guide will give some short briefing about next day’s trek regarding when you must get up, when we have to start our trek next day, where we will stay the next day, how many hours we have to walk and so on.

During this trek you’ll walk for minimum of 3hrs to maximum of 9hrs per day.  You will get to experience the glimpse of many cultures such as Gurung, Tamang, Chettri, Bahun, and their authentic village lifestyle. Annapurna region is the home of many Gurkha soldiers. We are sure you will be amazed by their culture, lifestyle, and scenery of mountains over the village. During this trek, you will get to see the 7th and 10th highest mountain of the world (Mt. Machhapuchre and Mt. Annapurna), lush forest of Rhododendrons and Oaks, The highest altitude lake in the world -Tilicho lake, Jomson village, Manang village, Sunrise view from Poonhill and many other amazing beauties. You will stay a night in the shadow of mountains. The natural beauty of Annapurna region will be your motivation to trek for 16 days.


Nepal Tourist Visa and permits details

Visa procedure.

To travel Nepal, you’ll need a tourist visa that is valid for the period of your stay in Nepal. Better, if you have a tourist visa valid for at least 2 months because anything can happen during the trip and staying in Nepal after your visa expires would result in you paying a penalty.  Apply for a visa at your nearest Embassy of Nepal or obtain an On-Arrival visa at immigration in Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu. But it’s better to contact your nearest Nepalese Embassy.

Here are the documents that you need, to apply for the tourist visa.

 

  • The Tourist Visa Application Form for Nepal (Fully completed online and printed)
  • Original Passport with at least 2 blank pages and validity of at least 6 months.
  • Photocopies of your passport’s personal information page.
  • At least 2 recent passport-sized photos of yourself with white background.
  • Proof of accommodation in Nepal.
  • Valid travel and return flight tickets.
  • A bank statement from the last 3 months with a minimum closing balance of NPR2,00,000.
  • Receipt of the visa fee for Nepal.

Note: 15 days tourist visa costs USD 30, but our trip is of 22 days so, apply for 30 days visa that cost around USD 50.

 

Entry permits and Requirements

Annapurna Region is a Conservation Area. To travel over the Annapurna region, the trekkers need to get the permits from the Government of Nepal. The entry permits that you need for the trekking in the Annapurna region are-

  Trekking permits Foreign Nationals SAARC Nationals Nepali Citizens
1 Annapurna Conservation Area Project permit.

(ACAP entry permit)

NPR 3,000 per person per entry NPR 1,000 per person per entry NPR 100 per person per entry
2 Tourist Information Management System card.

(TIMS Card)

NPR 1,000 per person with a guide (GT) and NPR 2,000 for solo trekkers (FIT) NPR 300 per person with a guide (GT) and NPR 600 for solo trekkers (FIT) N/A

 

Note: You can get both Annapurna Conservation Area Project permit and TIMS Card from Nepal Tourism Board in Bhirkuti Mandap, Kathmandu or from Tourist Information Centre in Pokhara.

 

For the issue of TIMS Card, you need at least 2 members, accompanied by a licensed guide.

For more information about TIMS Card here the link

(If you are travelling from travel/trekking agency your agency will arrange all the Permits.)

 

Documents required to get the permits.

  • Complete the permit form with your passport details and tour details (Trekking area, Entry and Exit date and point, Route of Trekking, Emergency contact information for Nepal and your Home country).
  • 4 Passport size photo.
  • 2 Photocopies of passport personal information page.
  • Copy of Travel Insurance policy to obtain TIMS card.

Travel Insurance

During the journey, you may encounter a number of unexpected incidents or losses. Trekking in Nepal is an adventurous and occasionally dangerous activity, especially at high altitudes. Trekkers must have travel insurance before visiting Nepal for trekking.

You might come across some physical injury, illness, unexpected accident during the trek and all the medical expenses and loss has to be bear by yourself.

As we will be trekking the whole Annapurna region, you need to choose an insurance policy which will cover all your possible risk that you may come across from the start of your journey to your final destination. The following threats should be covered by your travel insurance. The following threats should be covered by your travel insurance:

  • Cancellation of Domestic and International flights.
  • Lost and stolen of baggage and passport.
  • Hospital and Medical expenses (Physical injury, Acute Mountain sickness, Altitude sickness, sudden accident)
  • Emergency rescue such as Helicopter.
  • All high-altitude trek risk factors up to 5,500m.

You need to choose your travel insurance wisely so that, in the case of such incident, your travel insurance will cover the costs.

You can get your travel insurance in either your home country or Nepal.


Responsible Travel

Annapurna region is the region with numerous trekking trails. Annapurna region is the most popular trekking region in Nepal. This region is also known for typical Gurung culture and Gurung villages. Throughout the trek you will encounter many traditional villages inhabited by the Bahun, Chhetri, Gurung and Magar. All travelers should travel responsibly in these regions. You must respect the local people, their culture, religion and try to limit any negative activities that will impact their local culture and environment. As Plastic water bottle is banned in Annapurna region in 2015, we expect you to not to bring any plastic wastage and properly dispose the plastic garbage (food warmers, plastic water bottles). You might encounter rare species on the way to Annapurna Base Camp, you rather not disturbed them. You can support them by adapting yourself in their lifestyle.

Your responsible travel will help Nepal achieve long-term sustainable tourism.


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