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Annapurna Trek - 20 Days

Destination Nepal
Activity Annapurna Treks
Accomodation selected hotel in Kathmandu, Pokhara and tea house during the trek
Duration 20 Days
Region Annapurna Region
Start / End point Kathmandu / Kathmandu
Group size 2 - 10
MAX. ALTITUDE Thorong La Pass 5416 m
MEALS INCLUDED Breakfast in pokhara and all meals during the trek
TRIP CODE DWT23
NATURE OF TREK Tea House Trekking
BEST SEASON Feb, Mar, Apri, May, June, Sep, Oct, Nov & Dec.
GRADE Challenging
ACTIVITY PER DAY Approx. 4-6 hrs walking
TRANSPORTATION private vehicle (Transportation)

About the Trip

A tour around culturally-rich Kathmandu Valley and walk past the magical Annapurna circuit trail, this trek is a glimpse of what Nepal offers. We follow the route from the historical town of Kathmandu to around the Annapurna peaks. Within this range, we will witness the courteous hospitality of the diverse Nepalese people, the alluring landscape and dense forests with a variation of floras and faunas. As we traverse the ancient alleys and Durbar Squares in Kathmandu, we dive into the historical fascination of the country. We further march with the clouds en route to Annapurna and savour the tranquillity of nature. Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the most famous and beautiful trails of Nepal. The trail encircles the Annapurna Massif along with beautiful rivers, snow-capped mountains and much more. Dramatic deep canyons, uninhabited high mountain passes, relaxing hot spring, Buddhist and Hindu temples, pleasant farming villages and at every turn a different view of the Annapurna(I-IV) Peaks. With diverse Nepalese landscape and culture, the trail offers a package full of surprises with the beauty of the place and hospitality from the local people.

Highlights

  • Experience the beauty of the alpine region of Nepal
  • ExGorge yak pastures with yaks grazingperience the beauty of the alpine region of Nepal
  • Relaxing hot spring at Tatopani
  • Stay at the stunningly beautiful Jomsom, the headquarter town of Mustang district
  • Spend a day in Pokhara, the most happening place in Nepal
  • Spectacular views of Mount Annapurna, Thorung Peak, Nilgiri, Chulu West and Chulu east, Tukuche Peak, Dhaulagiri, Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV
  • Magnificent glaciers, gorges, and waterfalls
  • Tour around the famous Muktinath temple, a sacred place for both Hindus and Buddhists
  • Visit the beautiful Manang district and embrace the beauty of the place
  • Visit Barge Monastery, the largest monastery in Manang district
  • Traversing through the world’s most extensive pass – the Thorong La Pass(5,416m)

Overview

One of the world's classic treks, Annapurna Circuit trek, is famous for its diversity in landscape and lifestyle. The dramatic change in the culture and the scenery varies from subtropical forests and the world's deepest river to the high mountain pass, cliffs and mountain views. Within the Annapurna region, Annapurna Circuit embraces the thrilling high pass, Thorung La(5,416m) and the deepest Kaligandaki gorge. A package of wonders like Poonhill, Muktinath Temple and the wondrous hot spring in Tatopani, Annapurna Circuit trail is one of the most popular trails because of its comprehensive beauty. We will be travelling through altitudes ranging from 800m to 5416m, through various climatic zones from pass rice paddy fields, subtropical forests, rural farmland and glacial zones. We will be able to view the up close and panoramic scenery of Himalayas, including Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m), Mt. Annapurna I (8091m), Mt. Annapurna II (7937 m.) , Mt. Annapurna III (7555m), Mt. Annapurna IV (7525m), Mt. Annapurna south (7219m), Mt. Manaslu (8163 m), Mt. Nilgiri (7041m), Mt. Machhapuchhare (6998m), Mt. Hiunchuli (6441m), Mt. Lamjung Himal (6986m),Tukuche peak (6920m), Tilicho peak (7134m). We also get an opportunity to learn about the Tibetan way of life that strongly runs in Mustang valley. There is also a probability of seeing a Snow Leopard in Yak Kharka along with Blue Sheep. We will also make a stop at Tatopani where we can relax in their famous hot springs.

Trek to Annapurna circuit begins at  Bhulbhule(845m) after the scenic drive from Kathmandu, following the trail towards Jagat(1,300m). We further move along to Dharapani(1,860m) to Chame(2,610m). We follow the trail to Pisang(3,115m) following the Marsyangdi River valley. We trek to Manang(3,540m) where we stay for acclimatisation to prepare for crossing the Thorung La Pass(5,416m). A primary rule of hiking to higher elevation is to hike high and sleep low. From Manang, we continue the trail and head to Yak Kharka(4,050m). The next day we hike up to Thorong Phedi(4,525m). From  Thorong Phedi we make an ascent to Thorong La Pass (5,416m). After passing the Thorong La pass we head down to Muktinath(3,760m), which is a sacred pilgrimage site for Hindus and Buddhists.

We hike back from Muktinath to Kagbeni(2,804m). We head towards Ghasa(2,113m) from Marpha(2,665m). Since we return from a different route, the trek is even more exciting. We relax in the hot spring in Tatopani(1,200m) and relax our muscles from all the effort we made throughout the trail. We hike to Poon Hill(3,210m) from Ghorepani(2,860m) for a final glimpse of the mountains. The trail is culturally rich, and every day will prove to be a new experience for us. From Nayapul(1,050m) we drive back to Pokhara, where we will halt for the night. Pokhara is a city of wonders and a great place to conclude the amazing trek and relax. There are lots of massage places which we can visit after weeks of the walk. We drive back from Pokhara to Kathmandu and bid farewell to the country with a moment that we will cherish for the rest of our lives.

This Annapurna circuit trek itinerary is curated for trekkers who would like to experience a more adventurous journey in Nepal Himalaya and experience a diversified scenery, geography and different climate zones of the Annapurna circuit. We have another exciting trek packages in Annapurna region. 16 Days Annapurna Circuit Trek and Tilicho Lake, 16 Days Nar Phu Valley Trekking, 11 Days Annapurna Base Camp Trekking 10 Days Annapurna Circuit Trekking, 9 Days Annapurna Sanctuary Trekking, 7 Days Khopra Danda Trekking, 7 Days Mardi Himal Trekking.

It is a notice to all our valuable clients who are joining Annapurna Circuit Trek with us that our journey will begin with 7-8 hour local bus ride from Kathmandu to Besisahar or Bhulbhule (approx 172.9 km)which is included in the package, however, with an additional cost you can book a Private Jeep and while returning back to Kathmandu if you want to take a domestic flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu (20 mins approx) we can provide that with an additional cost excluded from the package. Despite being the gateway to Annapurna Circuit Trekking, Besishar lacks this facility Discovery world Trekking would like to recommend all our Valuable clients that they should arrive Kathmandu a day earlier at afternoon before the day we start our Annapurna Circuit Trek next day, To make sure that you’ll attend our Official Briefing as an important Pre-meeting. The Reason we do so is we want to make sure that you get proper mental guidance and necessary information just to have a recheck of equipment and goods for the journey so that if you have forgotten something then we'll provide you with that ASAP.

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Day to Day Itinerary

day 1
Arrival to Kathmandu (Tribhuvan International Airport) (1,350m/4,450ft), transfer to hotel

Arriving at Kathmandu marks the beginning of our journey to Annapurna Circuit. We, from Discovery World Trekking, will receive you and escort you comfortably and safely to your hotel. Today you will be meeting with your DWT guide who will brief you all about the trek. We prepare ourselves for the beginning of the trip with enough rest and relishing the new place.

  • Accommodation at hotel in Kathmandu.
day 2
Full Day Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing and trek preparation

The city of unique architecture and rich culture, Kathmandu Valley is a small glimpse of entire Nepal. Today we will go on a guided tour around some of the most historical and spiritual attraction in Kathmandu. We tour around the UNESCO World Heritage sites like Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath (the monkey temple), Boudhanath and the historic Durbar Square. As we relish the wonders, we also get a brief insight into these places from our tour guide. After an entire day dedicated to wandering around Kathmandu, we will prepare for our trek starting the next day. We get a final check of the equipment and gears done by our climbing leader. Also, we meet other trekkers who will be accompanying us on the trek and have a short discussion about the trip.

  • Accommodation with breakfast at the hotel in Kathmandu.
day 3
Drive to Bhulbhule (845m/2,815ft) 200 km west of Kathmandu

We begin our Annapurna Circuit trek with a bus ride till Bhulbhule. With a good breakfast, we head to our first stop with excitement and beautiful views throughout the way. Accompanied by the Trishuli river on most of our ride till Pokhara, the road trip is surely a fun one. From here, we head north to Besisahar and then to Bhulbhule. Situated along the Marshyangdi River, Bhulbhule endeavours views of the snow-capped peaks surrounding a gorgeous village. Compiling the entire road trip, we enjoy astonishing glimpses of mountains, villages, rivers and terraced farms. After registering our permits at Bhulbhule check-post, we roam around the village as we prepare for the trek.

  • Overnight at the best possible lodge/hotel
  • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner).
day 4
Trek from Bhulbhule to Jagat (1,300m/4,265ft) - Walking Distance(19m/11.8 miles) - 5 hours

We begin our walk from this day. With a lot of enthusiasm, we start our trek through a pleasant trail. We traverse through lush forests and terraced fields following the Marsyangdi River. The trail is easy yet surprisingly beautiful as we pass through enigmatic settlements and farmlands to an isolated village of Jagat. The walk will unquestionably prove to be a warm-up and a fun way to begin our trek in Annapurna region. We notice the declining settlements as we walk further. With outstanding views around, we halt at the peaceful village of Jagat.

  • Overnight at the best possible lodge/hotel
  • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner).
day 5
Trek from Jagat to Dharapani(1,860m/6,200ft) - Walking Distance(15.8km/9.8 miles) - 5 hours

After enjoying a peaceful stay at Jagat, we follow the trail to reach Dharapani. As we commence our walk, we come across a split road. The trail goes uphill till we reach Tal, where the split trail meets around this point. We enjoy several beguiling waterfalls forming small sandy beaches on our way. Through rice and potato fields, we reach one of the biggest villages of Manang, Kodo. There are also numerous bridges that we will cross. After a short climb of the stone Kani, we reach Dharapani. Dharapani is a checkpoint where we get our Annapurna permits checked before we move ahead. We conclude our day here and enjoy the delicious food of the place.

  • Overnight at the best possible lodge/hotel
  • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner).
day 6
Trek from Dharapani to Chame (2,610m/8,890ft) - Walking Distance(16km/10 miles) - 6 hours

Following the trail through the forest with pine, fir, oak and maple trees along the Marsyangdi river, we head to Chame, district headquarters of Manang district. With greenery surrounding us, we will enjoy the amusing settlement of Manang district. The aura of this place is such beautiful that will immerse in the serenity and pleasure. Amidst nature, the view enhances with a prodigious sights of Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV (7,525m). We'll also stop by a small hot spring where we can rinse all our sore muscles.

  • Overnight at the best possible lodge/hotel
  • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner).
day 7
Trek from Chame to Pisang (3,115m/10,200ft) - Walking Distance(13.2km/8.2 miles) - 6 hours

We head towards Pisang today. Through a steep and narrow valley, we get a glimpse of a massive wall of rock. As known as Pinguda Danda rock, it is considered very sacred by the local people. Gazing at the rock, it leaves us with no wonder why it has such value. Considering the fact that it rises 1500m from the river, it is an undeniable beauty. Up from here, we can see a clear view of Annapurna II at the south and Pisang peak on the northeast. We descend further to the Manang Valley Floor. The trail from beginning to the end is, without doubt, breathtaking.

  • Overnight at the best possible lodge/hotel
  • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner).
day 8
Trek from Pisang to Manang (3,540m/11,300ft)- Walking Distance(17km/10.6 miles) - 5 hours

Through upper Pisang via Geru, we hike with outstanding views of many exhilarating mountains. We walk through this trail particularly to enjoy the north face of Annapurna (II, III, IV), Gangapurna, Tilicho and Pisang Peak. The beauty of this trail cannot utterly be put into words. As we descend with such a stunning view, we feel the air turn cold and dry. We move through small Tibetan settlements where we get a chance to embrace the Buddhist culture. We visit one of the largest and famous monasteries of Manang, Barge Monastery. The trail is filled with Buddhist shrines and the rich culture of Buddhism. We reach a lively area that caters to many tourists, Manang. Manang is full of wonders and a single day is just not enough to explore the place.

  • Overnight at the best possible lodge/hotel
  • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner).
day 9
Rest and Acclimatization day at Manang

To accustom with the high altitude, we spend two nights in Manang. We spend the entire day exploring Manang village. There are many side hikes that we can do. It is highly recommended to hike to higher elevations and halt back at Manang. We can hike up to Gangapurna Lake and Base Camp and spend the day admiring the absolute beauty of Annapurna III, Tilicho, Pisang and Chulu Peaks. We can also hike up to the famous Ice Lake or roam around Manang Village and visit the famous monasteries. In the afternoon, we may visit the Himalayan Rescue Association in Vraja Village. It will be a useful visit as we gain knowledge about acute mountain sickness, its symptoms and precautions. A relaxing day exploring the enigmatic village of Manang, we acclimatize with the altitude and prepare for the next day.

  • Overnight at the best possible lodge/hotel
  • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner).
day 10
Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka (4,050m/14,275ft) - Walking Distance(9.4km/5.8 miles) - 3-4 hours

With enough rest and acclimatizing with the high elevation at Manang, we move ahead with the trek. From Manang, we head to Tenki village where we cross several beautiful streams. We further head out of Marshyangdi valley northwest up to Jar Sang Khola Valley. The trail is filled with uphills and downhills as we head northwards. We will pass through an amazing Juniper forest and few pastures. Following the trail, we will pass through a small village called Gunsan with houses made of flat mud roof. These small details of the trail make sure to amplify our experience. After crossing a small river on a wooden bridge, we make our way up the spectacular valley to an open, peaceful meadow known as Yak Kharka.

  • Overnight at the best possible lodge/hotel
  • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner).
day 11
Trek from Yak Kharka to ThorongPhedi (4,525m/14,525ft) - Walking Distance(9.6km/6 miles) - 4-5 hours

Today we head to the foot of Thorong La pass, Thorong Phedi. We climb up to a ridge then head down and cross the Marsyangdi river on a wooden bridge. After climbing up the mountain path, we follow a narrow trail across a slope and descend to Thorong Phedi. The uninhabited, rugged terrain is otherworldly and much different than the lush lowlands that we passed on the way up during the initial phase of the trek.

  • Overnight at the best possible lodge/hotel
  • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner).
day 12
Trek from Thorong Phedi to Muktinath Temple (3,760m/12,623ft) through Thorung La high pass (5,416 m/17,756 ft) - Walking Distance(12.8km/7.9 miles) - 9 hours

We begin this day as early as possible. One of the most challenging parts of the trek, with enough determination and effort, we cross the Thorong La Pass. We reach the highest point of our trek as we traverse the highest pass in the world. With increasing elevation, the trail turns out to be tricky with decreasing level of oxygen. Despite the difficulty in climbing, the view is unquestionably worth it. We will enjoy the panoramic view of dazzling mountains extending northwards into Tibet. On the other side, we see the Annapurna massifs smiling back at us. We take this hike slow and steady and conquer it despite the efforts. We descend all the way to Muktinath where we visit the famous Muktinath temple. A sacred place for Nepalese people, Muktinath temple is believed to be the God of Forgiveness. We behold the beauty of the culture and tradition of the place as we wander around. Famous for its 100 taps, Muktinath temple is called Chumig Gyatsa by the Buddhists. As we rinse our sins, we relax after a long day.

  • Overnight at the best possible lodge/hotel
  • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner).
day 13
Trek from Muktinath to Kagbeni(2,804m/9,200ft) - Walking Distance(10.6km/6.6 miles) - 3 hours

The hike today is comparatively more concise and easier. We descend from Muktinath to Kagbeni as we witness the famous Sky Caves of the region. We can also have a short detour across the traditional villages of Chhyongkhar, Jhong and Purang. A culturally rich place, Kagbeni is a package of wonders. As we walk in the narrow alleys, we discover hidden gems of the area. The short hike will help us relax after a strenuous day before.

  • Overnight at the best possible lodge/hotel
  • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner).
day 14
Trek from Kagbeni to Marpha(2,665m/8,744ft) - Walking Distance(18.4km/11.4 miles) - 4-5 hours

One of the most enthralling parts of the trail, we pass through Jomsom to Marpha. The flat trail is easy to cover with only a few downhills. As we pass through Kaligandaki River crossing Jomson, we reach Marpha. An ethnic village, the village is hypnotizingly beautiful. All the houses painted in white, and the narrow alleys are fascinating. We discover captivating scenery, beautiful peaks green forests with pine and oak trees, cold desert, and deepest river gorge. The trail is a package of surprises as we observe the depth of the places we pass through. Marpha is also famous for its apple farming. The apple pie and alcohol made from Apple called 'Marpha' is a must try of this place. We can hike up to a small turquoise-green lake nearby as well.

  • Overnight at the best possible lodge/hotel
  • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner).
day 15
Trek from Marpha to Ghasa(2,113m/6,932ft) - 6-7 hours

Walking parallel to Kali Gandaki River, we head to Ghasa from Marpha. The motorable road is easy to walk. We pass through Apple farms as we head back. The view is astonishing and relaxing. We move ahead through the Khobang village through the narrow trail. We move ahead to Larjung and further to Kalapani from where we enjoy the view of Annapurna peaks. After a wave-like trail from Lete, we reach Ghasa. We halt at Ghasa and enjoy the mysterious small village similar to Tibet.

  • Overnight at the best possible lodge/hotel
  • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner).
day 16
Trek from Ghasa to Tatopani (1,200m/3,940 ft) - Walking Distance(21.3km/13.2 miles) - 6-7 hours

Today will be an exciting day as we trek to Tatopani. Tatopani precisely translated to 'hot water'. A natural hot spring amidst a quiet and peaceful place, we will relax in the lukewarm water. En route, we witness Kochepani, the deepest gorge in the world. The trail is broad and more comfortable to walk. The sound of birds chirping and humming insects will make the trail extra tranquil. We end our day with a dip in the beguiling hot spring of Tatopani.

  • Overnight at the best possible lodge/hotel
  • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner).
day 17
Trek from Tatopani to Ghorepani (2,860 m/9,385 ft) - Walking Distance(22.2km/13.8 miles) - 7 hours

After a relaxing day enjoying the hot spring, we move forward to Ghorepani. Crossing the east side of the Kali Gandaki River, we ascend to Ghorepani through villages of Sikha and Chitre, and the villages of ethnic Thakali people. We go through a terraced farmland with mountains surrounding us. Then pass lush forests filled with rhododendron, birch, magnolia. A beautiful village located at the ridge top, Ghorepani offers an astounding view of the mountains. A popular hiking route, the place is filled with tourists and so the restaurants and hotels also range from normal to luxurious.

  • Overnight at the best possible lodge/hotel
  • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner).
day 18
Early morning hike from Ghorepani to Poon Hill (3,210 m/10,525 ft) - 3-4 hours, then trek to Nayapul (1,050m/3,445 ft) – 6 hours, Drive to Pokhara - 1?2 hours

Today we ascend to Poon Hill(3,210m) early in the morning. As we reach the viewpoint early, we enjoy the sun kissing the Annapurna Range and Dhaulagiri Massif. One of the most photographic spots in the trail, we are surrounded by mountains and the cold fresh air from the peaks. We head back to Ghorepani and enjoy our breakfast amidst nature. We descend back to Nayapul through a relaxing forest. We drive back to Pokhara from there onwards. We stay at a hotel near the famous Phewa Lake in Pokhara. The most happening city in Nepal, Pokhara is filled with restaurants and bars. Also, there are many things you can do in Pokhara like boating, paragliding. It would be a good idea to end the day with a pleasant full body massage.

  • Overnight at the best possible lodge/hotel
  • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch).
day 19
Drive from Pokhara (820 m/2,690 ft ) to Kathmandu (1,350 m/4,450 ft) - 6-7hours

After breakfast we drive back to Kathmandu in a tourist bus. It’s a 200km route that first follows first along the Marsyangdi River and then the Trishuli River. Alternatively, we may also choose to return by a 25 minute flight (not included in package). Our trek package completes after arrival in Kathmandu.

  • Overnight at the best possible lodge/hotel
  • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Dinner).
day 20
Transfer to Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) for your international departure

Our personal representative will accompany you by private vehicle to the international airport for your final departure home. We really hope that you’ve enjoyed adventure holiday in Nepal with us. Please remember Discover World Trekking fondly and we hope that you will come back soon! Have a pleasant journey home! The hotel in Kathmandu is excluded in the package.

  • Included meals (Breakfast).

What is Included?

  • Airport arrival and departure transfer to/from Hotel by private transportation.
  • Kathmandu to Bhulbhule by Local bus.
  • Nayapul trek (endpoint) to Pokhara by private transport service.
  • Pokhara to Kathmandu by Tourist Bus.
  • Full Day Kathmandu Valley sightseeing with a tour guide, by private transportation, including entrance fees to world heritage sites.
  • Three nights’ accommodation with breakfast at a three-star hotel in Kathmandu.
  • One night accommodation with Breakfast in selected hotel in Pokhara.
  • Best Possible Teahouse, lodge accommodation (Generally twin Sharing room) - 19 Nights.
  • All Standard Meals (16 Lunches, 16 Dinners and 19 Breakfasts) during the trek
  • Government License holder Discovery World Trekking experienced and qualified trek leader (guide), assistant trekking guide, (14 or above trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and porter to help trekkers luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter).
  • Coverage of guides and porters meals, insurance, salary, lodging, transportation and other necessary equipment.
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) Fee.
  • Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) card fee.
  • Provide pulse oximeter for blood oxygen saturation level monitor to high altitude. It is an important indicator to recognize early signs of impending altitude sickness and other potential health risks.
  • Medical Kit.
  • Arrangement of sleeping bags and down jackets if you do not have your own.
  • Catering extra dietary requirements.
  • All Government and Local Taxes.
  • Assistance in arranging rescue operation in case of complicated health condition (funded by travel insurance).
  • Discovery World Trekking appreciation of certificate after over the trek.
  • Farewell dinner.

What is Excluded?

  • International flight airfare
  • Nepal Entry Visa Fees for multiple Entries on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport- (15 days - $25-30, 30 days- $40-50 and 90 days- $100-110)
  • Excess baggage charges (Limit is 9kg per Person)
  • All Accommodation and meals in Kathmandu, before and after we start our journey
  • Meals (Lunch, Dinner) in Kathmandu and in Pokhara, before and after we start our journey.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara due to early arrival, late departure, early return from trekking (because of any reason) prior to the plan scheduled itinerary.
  • Personal expenses (shopping, snacks, boil bottled water, hot and cold drinks, hot shower, Alcohol, Wi-Fi, telephone call, battery re-charge fee), extra porters etc
  • Personal clothing and gear
  • Travel insurance which has to cover emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuation compulsory
  • Tips for guide and porters (Recommended by the Culture)
  • Additional costs or delays caused by out of management control, for example, landslide, weather condition, itinerary modifications due to safety concerns, illness, change of government policies, strikes etc.
  • All the costs and expenses which are not listed in "cost includes" will be counted as excludes

Equipment Checklist

Equipment lists for the trek

It is recommended to carry the basic clothing and accessories needed for the trek. The followings belongings are suggested that should be brought, although we understand that our clients have their own preference for clothing, we have listed some useful clothing during the trek. Porters will be carrying the main luggage, which should not exceed more than 18kg (one porter will carry two people's luggage, 9 kg for each). Equipment can be bought in Kathmandu at a reasonable price.

Head
  • Sun hat or scarf

  • Winter hat or insulating hat or a wide-brimmed hat

  • Headlight with extra batteries

Face
  • Sunscreen

  • Sunglasses with UV protection

  • Face/body wipes

  • Hands

  • Lightweight gloves

  • Heavyweight winter gloves

Body
  • Hiking shirts

  • Long sleeved shirt

  • Hooded rain jacket

  • Fleece jacket

  • Lightweight cotton pants

  • T-Shirt (bring lightweight wool)

  • Polypropylene underwear

  • Down jacket (available for rent in Kathmandu)

  • Sweater

  • Waterproof jacket and pants

Footwear
  • Hiking Boots

  • Thick wool socks (Take an extra pair of thick light socks)

Essential gear
  • Backpack or daypack (Size depends on whether you take porter or not)

  • Thermal bottle

  • Water purification

  • Trekking pole

  • Sleeping bag (-15 degree bag is best in the high altitude trekking)

Toiletries
  • Medium size drying towel

  • Toothbrush

  • Toothpaste

  • Deodorant floss

  • Biodegradable bar soap

  • Nail clippers

  • Small mirror

Personal accessories
  • Money

  • Watch

  • Cell phone

  • Camera

Extra items
  • First aid kit

  • Extra passport photos and photocopies of passport

  • Notebook and pen

  • Binoculars

Trip Information

The beginning of the journey towards Annapurna Circuit Trek

You will arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal. You will be required to spend the first night in a hotel in Kathmandu. The overnight stay in Kathmandu is not included in the package as there are varieties of options available for you. You can choose between hotels, lodges and homestays (both economic or luxurious) online and book it yourself or we can do it on your request. We recommend you to pre-book the hotels, as it may be hard to navigate around the new city on the first day. We are pleased to recommend or manage hotels for you on your arrival. We spend a day sightseeing in the Kathmandu valley. From Kathmandu, we head on to Pokhara where we get a bus to Nayapul, the starting point of our trek. We can choose to go to Pokhara either via 25-minute domestic flight (cost not included in the package) or a 6 hours drive via tourist bus that departs early in the morning every day. Pokhara is the gateway to Annapurna circuit trek Taking the bus will require you to stay overnight at a hotel in Pokhara to start trekking next morning

Don't Worry, We'll Pick You!

When you are new to any place, it is hard to track the location or even book a cab. To avoid such dilemmas, Discovery World Trekking provides you with free pickup and drop service for any trek package regardless of the flight you take. We will receive you at the airport with a pamphlet of your name and our company name. With a warm-hearted welcome and either khada or a marigold garland, we will make you feel homely from day one. We will escort you safely and comfortably to your hotel.

Accommodation Details During The Trek

The package includes accommodations throughout the trek, as well as one night in Pokhara. Accommodation during the trek is at teahouses, which are essentially hotels but with a more homely feel. They are run by the locals and provide all the basic facilities including hot shower at a small extra charge. The rooms are simple but comfortable usually with two beds with mattress blankets and pillows. Some will have an en-suite bathroom but most have a shared bathroom with a squat toilet. You will get a chance to experience the renowned Nepalese hospitality as well as interact with them, Discovery World Trekking has good public relations with local service providers in Annapurna trek. The company makes sure of the prior arrangement of the accommodation. At Pokhara, accommodation is more luxurious. We stay at hotels with a single room and attached bathrooms, TV, 24 hours hot water, power and laundry facility. The accommodation for your stay in Kathmandu is not included in the package, as there are plenty of hotels in Kathmandu that you can select, according to your requirements.

Hot showers, Wi-Fi will be available at an extra cost in possible places.

The Meals

The trek is over higher elevations, which means your body needs enough carbohydrates, protein, nutrition for the body to hike on such humongous Himalayan trails. The meal in this trek is very convenient, not like that in cities, but we make sure you get the entire supplements through your complete trek.

We will be providing you with 19 Breakfasts, 16 Lunch and 16 Dinners throughout the trek.

Some of the typical food menus are -

Breakfasts - Oatmeal, Corn Flakes, French toast with Jam, Butter, Cheese and Honey Tibetan bread or Chapati Local tsampa porridge, Hashed brown eggs, Varieties of eggs (Omelettes, Poached, Boiled), Pancakes, Muesli, Bread, Fruits and Vegetables, Hot drinks like tea and coffees, hot chocolates etc.

Lunch - Typical Nepali dish (Dal, Bhat & Tarkari), Tibetan Bread, Various Soups items, Sherpa Stew, Steaks, Sandwiches, Momo (dumplings), Macaroni, Tenduk, Spaghetti Noodles, Thukpa, Pasta, Vegetable curry, Potato items, Vegetable and Salad, Pizza (Tomato, Mushroom, Mixed), Snacks (Papad, Prawn), Dessert items (Rice Pudding, Apple pie), etc.

Dinners - Dal, Bhat & Tarkari, Tibetan Bread, Various Soups items, Sherpa Stew, Steaks, Sandwiches, Momo (dumplings) Macaroni, Tenduk, Spaghetti, Noodles, Thukpa, Pasta, Vegetable curry, Potato items, Vegetable and salad, Pizza (Tomato, Mushroom, Mixed), Snacks (Papad, Prawn), Korean Noodles Ramen, Dessert items (Rice Pudding, Apple pie), Hard Drinks, etc. are available on the menu during the trek.

These food items from the menu will usually be fresh, hygienic, tasty and nutritious. The menu is a combination of traditional and local; Asian and western cuisine; almost everywhere but as we go up close, the menu list decreases. We highly recommend consuming enough liquids, green tea, lemon tea, hot lemon, ginger tea and garlic soup (must) at high altitude and fresh vegetables for health benefit.

Though plenty of non-veg items will be available, we won’t recommend any of them because the meat in such places may not be healthy during the trek. As suggested by experts, it is best to avoid alcohol, caffeinated drinks, hot chocolate, dairy and cheesy items in such high elevation treks.

All personal bills (Alcoholic Drinks, Hot and Cold Drinks) in tea houses/ lodges or in cafe except standard meals mentioned (including Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with seasonal fruits) are excluded from the package.

Best Time to Trek

Although trekking is possible throughout the year each season has different advantages and attractions and advantages offer for trekking in the Annapurna region. The temperature in the mountains also depends according to the altitude range – higher altitude, lower the temperature.

March-May (Best Season To Go For Annapurna Circuit Trek)

Trekking season begins after March. By April, the trek route throughout the Himalayas will be rewarded with different full blossom rhododendron of red, pink and white even at elevations of over 3,000 metres. The temperature starts rising from mid-March to mid-May. Weather is cool at this time. The sky is very clear and you can enjoy the clearest views of the mountains.

June-August

It usually rains during this season. Monsoon generally begins around the end of June and continues up to the second week of August. The temperature during the days usually ranges from 10°C to 23°C and gets relatively colder at night ( 5°C to 10°C). Mornings are usually clear with clouds building up during the afternoon and disappearing again at night. The rain may cause some problems during the trek in this month. Various plants bloom during this season. The valleys will be fresh and have a different view than during other seasons.

September-October (Best Season To Go For Annapurna Circuit Trek)

This is a famous time among tourists with the most favourable weather and perfect climate condition. The sun shines brightly, the skies are clear, you get a superb view of the mountains and the temperature is perfect for the daytime trek. You can enjoy spectacular starry skies since the sky is clear at night. The monsoons will be over by early September, and the weather ranges from mild to warm days. Daytime temperatures can reach up to 20°C in high altitudes. The nights are colder with temperatures going down to around 5°C. The greens that grew during monsoon fade to golden/amber, proving a spectacular contrast against the crystal blue skies. Grains are also ripening in the enclave. The environment is clean and the lowlands are lush. The biggest festivals of Nepal like Dashain, Tihar also fall during these seasons.

November

November is a busy season, the clearest month, with the crispy and sparkling sky. The daytime temperatures at this month are usually the most stable, from mild to cool conditions. The humidity is also pretty dry with very cold nights

December-February

The coldest time is from December through early February. After late February, climate gradually gets warmer temperatures to get extremely cold dropping to -5°C at high altitudes. Daytime is pleasantly warm with sunshine. Despite being cold, the skies are usually very clear and mountain views are at their best. With snowy caps, it might snow and the ground will be snowy. The trails are the least busy at this time. It may not be the best season for beginners but experienced trekkers will have no problem.

The weather in the Himalaya is so unpredictable and the temperature may change quickly from day to night.

Acclimatization

The Annapurna region provides few days at over 3500m for acclimatization, where there is a significant risk of being affected by altitude sickness, also called acute mountain sickness. Altitude sickness is preventable but can be fatal if the symptoms are ignored. Our trip itinerary is designed for slow and steady ascending so the body can adapt to the new altitude. All our trekking leader and guide have extensive first aid training and well-experienced in the Himalaya. We urge you to inform your group leader and guide at first signs of the symptoms. We guarantee that your health will be at reliable hands. Your trek leader or guide will suggest precautions. The best way is to take your time and drink plenty of water, at least 4 litres a day. If it is severe the only cure for altitude sickness is to descend immediately. Please note that your group leader has the ultimate responsibility to decide or stop your ascent based on your overall condition. It is essential to keep in mind that some are more vulnerable than others. Also, your group leader has the definitive response to determine whether you can proceed the trek based on your health conditions.

Trip Grade: Fitness level, Medical, and Health

The trails around the Annapurna region are moderate to strenuous on some parts. On average, the walk per day will be around 4 to 7 hours, depending on the destination and the number of breaks we take. The trail is mostly uphill or steep descents, with rocky and stone paved paths. It is not impossible to go to these treks for a regular person, but remaining fit and exercising well will make the trek more comfortable and enjoyable. Former trek experience or regular exercises and doing yoga is an advantage for the trekker. Besides, if you love trekking, you can make it happen anyways and conquer your dreams.

This trek, however, is not recommended for individuals with sensitive medical conditions like heart or lung disease. Since the majority of the trek involves moderate to strenuous climbing, it may prove to be dangerous for the health of such people. We recommend you to consult with your doctor before attempting to attain this trek. Also, we make sure to provide you with all the necessary medical kit supplies you may need in the trek.

Trekking group/single

The group for the trek usually consists from 2 to 12 people. A leader, assistant guide, and porters will accompany a group of 8 throughout the trek. It is a great time to enjoy your hike with various trekkers from around the world. You may choose to trek with a random group or limit it to your own. We will also be glad to organize a private trek with your friends and family only. We generally recommend travelling in a group rather than an individual due to safety concerns. Also, it is always good when you can share your happiness and experience once you conquer your trek.

A typical day on the trek

Every day will be rewarded with a unique experience of trekking, climbing enjoying the scenery, taking photos and exploring the local villages. During the expedition, experienced friendly and qualified expert Sherpa will share information and historical facts about the places as they accompany us throughout the trek. The porters who carry our luggage will also accompany us. However, we will be carrying our own small backpack with the necessary items.

The day starts with an early morning hot cup of tea/coffee. After packing our bags and gorging on a wholesome breakfast, we set off on the days walk around 7 AM to 8 AM, depending on the duration and nature of the days walk. After trekking for three to four hours, we will have lunch around midday on the route to the next destination, and we continue after about an hour of rest.

The afternoon walk is generally shorter: about two to three hours. Once we reach our overnight lodge/tea house/tent, we snack on the extra dietary food. We will also have free time to explore nearby places.

Dinner is served around 6 PM to 7 PM. Before going to bed, we will spend some quality time in friendly conversations and discuss the experience of that day. The expedition leader/guide will brief us about the next day’s plan. After this briefing, we enjoy on board games like monopoly, cards and watch available mountaineering documentaries. Most of the foreigners indulge in light and fun learning of Nepalese language from our crew or read books before heading off to bed for a well-deserved sleep.

Communication on trek

There is mobile phone coverage on most of the routes, But this service may not be reliable, depending on which network you use. Upon your request, we can provide you with a separate local SIM card with good access for talking to family and friends through your cell phone. although Some days at high altitude, there is no mobile network facility.

We'll communicate with all our valuable clients through our leader at least once a day to make sure you're alright and satisfied with our service. Also, depending on the kind of network you use, the signal might fluctuate as you climb uphill. On your request, we can provide you with a separate local sim-card for communication. (Most of the places have Wi-Fi service available with an additional cost)

Normally Wi-Fi works in every part of the trek in hotel/lodges which will be provided with an extra cost.

Extra personal expenses on trekking

Discovery World Trekking tries to provide all extra expenses excluded from the package. Meals and accommodations in Kathmandu are up to our clients themselves as all kinds of hotels/lodges (both luxury & budget) can be booked easily online or even we can do it for on request. All our valuable clients will have to bring personal spending money with them to cover the costs of accommodations in Kathmandu, visa process, travel insurance policy purchase, beverages, snacks for the trek, hot and cold drinks, tips to the trekking crew members, souvenirs etc. We recommend bringing cash (dollars) that can be changed to rupees here cause during the trek as only Nepalese currency is accepted.

Electricity and battery recharge, water on the trek

Almost all tea houses on the trail route to Annapurna circuit have electricity. You can charge your devices for a small amount of extra charge.we recommend you also bring your own solar powered charger. For drinking water, it's best to take water purification pills and use it on filling local boiled water instead of packed mineral water. Boiling water on local lodges may take extra charge.

You shouldn't drink water from the river, tap, well up there cause it might not be drinkable as it seems.

Travel insurance

This trip grade is ranked moderately difficult as it entails the risk of high altitude trekking, potential altitude sickness and other unforeseen events including sudden climate changes.

Travel insurance is a significant part of our booking condition for The Annapurna circuit and base camp trek. All the members of trekking must provide a copy of their comprehensive travel insurance policy certificate to Discovery World Trekking. The policy must cover medical and emergency repatriation inclusive of helicopter rescue and evacuation expenses at high altitude for trekking members.

We can recommend insurance companies to help you but we don’t directly get involved in the sale of an insurance policy. Members can be refused to be included in the trekking based on insufficient, improper or absence of travel insurance policy. Trekking members are kindly requested to send their detailed insurance information once they book for trekking. In case of emergency situations, we will be using the insurance policy and informational documents you sent us. This will help us arrange a quick and effective rescue operation, transfer for emergency medical help etc. Please ensure that the insurance company includes the cost incurred for mountain rescue service at the highest elevation of the trekking.

Before you buy travel insurance (Don't just believe them what they say in their website) make sure you call them and recheck if they have Helicopter-rescue and evacuation up to 6000m according to your trekking height.

Passport and visa

All foreigners except Indian nationals must have a valid visa to enter into Nepal. Visa is available on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport upon entry in Kathmandu, Nepal and at Nepal borders of India and Tibet. Visa can be easily extended at the central immigration office. www.immigration.gov.np; Visa application requires a passport with at least 6 months until expiration and one passport -size photo. The current cost of a visa for 30 days is US$40(to be paid in cash) for 30 days that is required to make in cash. Other currencies are also accepted although rates may differ. Other nationalities should check entry requirements. visitors are requested to specify return flight tickets, time intended to stay in Nepal. we recommended you schedule at least 1-2 day extra at the end of the trip just in case there is a delay. If no delay occurs we can arrange an additional activity for your time in Nepal To help calculate the exact dates of these crossings we have found the website www.timeanddate.com to be very useful. The children under the age of 10 will get a free visa. Please be advised to check the current regulation. Visa regulation can change without prior notice. Citizens of China, as well as citizens of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation(SAARC) countries (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka), get the free visa. countries not entitled to get a visa upon arrival are Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine, and Afghanistan If you are a citizen of one of these countries, please contact your local Nepalese embassy.

Money exchange

Nepali Rupees (NPR) is the local currency.

(1 USD = ~ Rs.100 NPR).

We can exchange most of the foreign currencies through local banks and legitimate money exchanges in Kathmandu and all over Thamel. Small amounts of cash can also be exchanged at the hotel.

The ongoing rate of exchange is visibly displayed. The government of Nepal has banned the import, export and use of 500 and 1000 Indian Rupee note in Nepal. You should ensure that you are not carrying these notes on arrival in Nepal as they will be confiscated and you may also be fined.

Despite having security advantage of traveller's cheques, we prefer cash exchange to avoid hassles like a lengthy process and high rate of commission at the banks. You can withdraw cash (in Rupees only) from one of the many ATMs in Kathmandu and Thamel itself. There are quite several ATMs that are open around the clock. The maximum withdrawal amount is 35,000 Rupees for a 500 Rupees processing fee if you are using your foreign card.

If you use the money exchange facility at banks and financial institutions the service fee charge imposed is about 4% or more depending upon the bank.

During the trek, there are no banks and money exchange services so you should exchange your money in Kathmandu only, depending on how much personal expense you require as in Himalayan region people only accept Nepalese Currency

Most of the established banks in Asia will not accept foreign currency notes that are old, torn or faded. Please ensure that you have new, clean notes

How Much Luggage can I take during the Trek?

The weight limit for your luggage is 9 kg per trekker, Porters will be assigned to carry your luggage, two people will be assigned with one porter, and combined luggage should not exceed more than 18kg. We never overload our porters. But you should carry your own knapsack or backpack (with your valuables or anything important) on your own. Only carry what are essentials, you can leave any excess baggage either at your hotel or at the Discovery World Trekking store for free and it'll be completely safe.

We'll recheck everything (Luggage, equipment, etc.) in our briefing before we start our journey from our Office.

Annapurna Circuit Trek Safety

Discovery World Trekking guarantees our valuable clients safety, security, and satisfaction. Safety is the utmost important concern for us. For the trek, we will be carrying all the necessary gear, equipment, and first aid kits. Our leaders and guides have vast knowledge and have extensive first aid training. If a trekker falls sick due to the altitude, it is entirely up to the trekker to decide if he/she will further continue, as health is very important. In case of emergency, the rescue helicopter will always be ready to bring you back from the higher elevation. During the trek, every group will be together so that everyone is safe and won't wander off alone.

Responsible Travel

"Take nothing but pictures.
Leave nothing but footprints.
Kill nothing but time."

We strongly believe that our environment has to be protected as tourism may bring negative effects on it. We highlight the positive aspects of tourism on the environment. Furthermore, Discovery World Trekking works together with the Kathmandu Environmental Education Project (KEEP) and organizes eco-friendly trips about most environmentally sensitive and culturally rewarding that meet the expectation of both travellers and communities.

Discovery World Trekking Crews

During the trek, you will be accompanied by our local best-trained and well-experienced guides / Sherpa to make your journey even more comfortable and memorable. All guides are well trained licensed with a prior experience they have spent years trekking / climbing the peak all over the world. Porters will also be assigned to carry your luggage. Two people will be assigned to one porter. Combined luggage should not exceed more than 18 kg. We never overload our porters. We divide a proportion of one porter for two members and one assistant guide with 8 members. If required we can also have one porter per person. Our crew members are the local people of high Himalaya remote areas and their physical endurance and heredity nature can live easily and comfortably at high altitude without being affected. All our staffs are very valuable to us, they are well paid and we take care of their insurance, clothing, food and lodging throughout the expedition. All our Guides and Porters receive Medical care when ill or injured. We always make sure that they are happy as we believe that only happy people can make others happy The local expert trek leader to guide you is specialized under the following subject. We provide basic accommodation for our guides and porters or tent with the sleeping gear and we also provided them with food and warm drinks.

  • Intensive wilderness first Aid
  • Authorized certificate of Trekking Guide Training
  • Fluency speaking English and other major Languages
  • Conservation and biodiversity
  • Rock climbing
Tipping

Most importantly, tipping is at traveller’s discretion and should be relied on good service that does not form the part of wages for your Guides, porters and crew although they are very much appreciated. In Nepalese culture, a tip is an accepted and honoured way to say thank you (Dhanyabada) for good service. Normally the tips are offered at the end of the trek and this is best done as a group. Most groups will give the trips in farewell dinner on the last evening or last day of the trek, to mark the end of the trip. The amount of the trip is entirely a personal preference that may be more or less depending upon your perception of service quality, length of trip, budget and appreciation of their work. It is important to Discovery World Trekking crews who professionally take care of you all the time during the trekking, inspire excellent service and offer enriching journey- a trip of once in a lifetime experience. We ensure that all of our crews including guides and porters are paid well and treated fairly with respect.

Booking and payment process

Discovery world trekking is a government authorized, registered, licensed and bonded as trekking and touring operator in Nepal. The company-registered number is 87657/068/069. We are a member of Trekking Agency Association of Nepal (TAAN), Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA). Therefore, book Discovery World Trekking trip with confidence as we are reliable.10% of payment in advance and other necessary documentation like passport copy, passport size photos, travel insurance policy, arrival and departure flight detailed can be made later but must not exceed within two weeks’ period from the booking date. The number of domestic flights for Lukla is limited but being very busy during the trekking seasons. Payment is to be made by bank transfer, western union and online payment directly from our website. The remaining trip cost can be paid whether in cash or by bank transfer and credit card when your arrival in Nepal. Furthermore, we put forward the necessary modes of payment details as per your convenient by mail.

Last minute booking

It is best to book in advance but for those who aren't able to for any reason, Discovery World Trekking has a special provision for last minute bookings. In the case of a last minute booking with 100% trip payment within 24 hours is accepted. We do our best to operate a trek at any time but in case of a last minute booking, we can not be responsible for delays due to changes beyond our control such as the weather, availability of lodging. contact us for more information at 977- 9840055491 (Paul Gurung) or email us at info@discoveryworldtrekking.com.

Trip Extensions

After the completion of the trek, you may want to stay a couple of days extra in Nepal. With the free time, exploring, visiting a tour of Kathmandu, sightseeing, Nagarkot view trip, Chitwan jungle safari, paragliding, rafting, canoeing are such activities that can be done.

Feedback

After completing the trek, there will be a farewell dinner held where Discovery World trekking will give you a company t-shirt, digitally printed certificate of trek achievement along with a key ring. We expect nothing in return but suggestions (positive or negative) about our services and team performance. As a service provider, we will make amendments based on your feedback on our overall performance. Your feedback helps us to execute future plans by improving weaknesses as well as continuing strength aspects. We encourage you to share your real feelings and experience through the popular social networking sites and on trip advisor.

Trip Grading

Unquestionably Nepal is renowned as the best destinations for novice and adventures lovers. Thus, various popular destinations in the world are situated in Nepal available for trekking in the Himalayan for the trekkers all across the world. All levels of trekkers who have strong desire and determination can easily achieve trekking in Nepal. We are familiar with the fact that trekking demands a different level of physical fitness, efforts and even acclimatization or rest day based on the level of trekking nature. We ensure that our trip grading would be a great idea or method for our valued guests while choosing an appropriate trek package that is suited perfectly to your capabilities and present health condition. It is advised that people who are suffering from diseases like cardiac or respiratory problem have to consult with a doctor before deciding to do a trek in Nepal. However, in the context of Nepal trekking, it is a difficult task to determine the trip grade precisely due to trek has not made different from one place to another only the elevation of place that has a significant role in its trip grading but also the other contributory factors needs to be concerned well. The given below contributory factors need to be considered in the determination of trek grading.

  • Average elevation (height) of the trek
  • Trekking routes features or conditions
  • The total duration of treks and average walking per day in the trek
  • Backpacking level
  • Temperature range based on climate and weather conditions
  • Acclimatization or rest day
  • The general level of comfort, remoteness as well as level of the service

 

Grade: Easy

This grade trekking consists of elevation below 3000m. This type of trekking involves short duration at lower altitude along with several ways of ascent and descent trials. Previous experience does not require at this level of trekking. Thus, any age group can adjoin who is in good health; physical fit and can walk at least 4 to 5 hours per day in the plain place. Discovery World Trekking has designed easy grade trek in which you can assign Nagarkot Trek, Ghorepani trek, Sarangkot trek and Langtang trek.

Grade: Moderate

This moderate level of trekking covers at an altitude between above 2000m to 3500m below. No previous hiking experience is required however trekking demands well fitness of physical conditions and duration of days involve both shorter and longer to complete the overall trek. Trekkers need walking at least 5 to 6 hours capabilities with longer ascent and descent trails through the involvement of some rough routes conditions. Discovery World Trekking has a typical holiday package at moderate grade trek are Annapurna base camp trek, Muktinath trek and Ganesh Himal trek (Ruby valley trek), Langtang trek, Tamang heritage trek etc.

Grade: Difficult

This level of trekking involves an altitude of above 3000m to 4500m below. Trekkers need to walk for 6-7 hours daily at a cross steep hilly terrain, rough round, some backpacking and high passes on some routes with daily ascent and descent. Trekking in the remote environment might be the possibility of facing altitude problem in the higher elevations. Physical fitness is essential along with hill walking experience to enjoy trekking. Everest Base camp trek, Everest base camp trek via Gokyo Lake, Gosainkunda trek, Helambu trek etc.

Grade: Strenuous

A trek is determined as Strenuous with at least 6-7 hours per day walking require at high altitude with daily ascent and descent. The altitude of strenuous grade trek ranges between 4600m to 5600m. Altitude sickness problem is likely to happen at any time, therefore, a high level of both mentally and physically fit, as well as stamina, is considered to enjoy in such type of trip. Acclimatization or rest day is essential to adjust with a low level of oxygen environment. Previous trekking experience is added as an asset that trek passes through the remote, wild environment with the extreme weather conditions and snow-covered route. Discovery World Trekking has prepared typically one of the best trekking holiday packages including Everest via Kalapathar, Annapurna Circuit, Manaslu Trek, Makalu Trek, Kanchenjunga trek etc.

Grade: Challenging

Altitude remains around 6000 m at this level of trekking. Trek might be long enough in the remote pace and highly mountains. This challenging grade trek is limited which demands an excellent level of personal experience, physically fitness and stamina as the walking day is supposed to be 7 to 8 hours with ascent and descent. Trek involves the pass crossing the snow-covered glaciers, ice and need to climb up to the small peak. Trekkers, therefore, require basic climbing skills. This type of trekking ultimately joins with peak climbing. Discovery World trekking challenging grade trek are Everest base camp trek via Island peak, Everest base camp trek via Mera peak etc.

What Exactly is Trekking?

Trekking is an adventurous way of travelling through the hills and mountains and in Nepal, trekking often includes world-famous views of the Himalaya and scenic surroundings. Trekking is a favourite activity for tourists to Nepal and is a great way to get to know the land and its residents. It involves getting up close and personal with nature while hiking for multiple days through hills and valleys to areas that are often far away from vehicle travel.

As an adventure activity, trekking is mostly done for entertainment, excitement, cultural interaction and education – getting to know a country and its people, culture, landscape and scenery among other highlights. For mountain climbing expeditions, trekking is often the first part of the journey where the Mountaineers get used to the increasing altitude as well as the climate and landscape. Nepal’s renowned trekking regions include the Everest region, Annapurna and Langtang with many more areas that have been developed and that are up and coming including the whole rest of the hills up to the Himalaya!

Routes take trekkers to travel through picturesque farmland and villages, remote hills, forests and valleys with Himalayan fed streams and rivers. Visitors can take in some of the most beautiful scenery on earth while trekking in Nepal. Facilities along trekking trails are usually more basic than facilities in urban areas and overnight accommodation is in lodges, teahouses and tents and sometimes a combination depending on location and availability of facilities. Now a day, accommodation and meals can be arranged along most trails at lodges and teahouses, especially on the popular routes. In the not so distant past, travellers and porters travelled together with sufficient tents, food and equipment because of a lack of facilities and accommodation, especially in the more remote, uninhabited areas. Our teahouse treks are organized with accommodation and meals along entire routes.

The government regulates most of the areas where trekking is done and permits are required for entering Nepal’s extensive range of national parks and conservation areas. Discovery World Trekking takes care of everything, including arranging permits, allowing you to savour every moment on the enchanting trails!

Discovery World Trekking offers the whole range of trekking packages for Nepal. We look forward to sharing with you the magnificence of the Himalaya and its world-famous attractions along with the legendary kindness of the people that populate the hills and mountainous regions.

Rural life in Nepal follows a natural pace depending on season and weather. While trekking, you can travel at your own pace along the scenic trails that link each day’s waypoints. Many of the trekking routes are in fact ancient trade routes that link Tibet, Nepal and India! The trails often pass through groves of rhododendron, Nepal’s national flower and grazing areas for cows, sheep, water buffalo and even yaks! The mountain panoramas will be unforgettable as well the scenic villages along the way graced with Hindu temples and Buddhist monasteries. These settlements will allow trekkers an insight into the traditional ways of life cultural heritage of Nepal along with the wide range of biodiversity of the landscape.

An average day of trekking involves around five to six hours hiking including breaks for meals and as needed. The average distance covered can be a bit relative given the terrain and altitude but figure on about 10 to 15 kilometres. Along the way, you will have many chances for photography and perhaps other personal interests such as bird watching and discovering the local flora.

Discovery World Trekking has many options from newly promoted trails to the classic routes and we look forward to hearing from you and satisfying your desired trekking styles and destinations.

Trekking with Children and Family

You do not need to leave children at home to enjoy a trek in Nepal! A tour with children along will definitively be a different experience from a tour without children. That said, trekking with your children could be just as enjoyable and even more culturally rewarding. Discovery World Trekking has much experience with children on our treks and we have safety and well being as the highest priority. We have found that children really open up social situations as they have fewer reservations to interact and they enable easy, meaningful connections with the local people and thoughtful cultural exchange.

We would be honoured to cater to your needs to enable bring your family to trek along the enchanting trails of Nepal. With children aboard, we pay particular attention to food, lodging, trail activities, and other day-to-day aspects of trekking that are suitable for all. Flexibility in the itinerary is particularly important when travelling with children to cover contingencies and hiking rate. The pace of a trek is usually slower than the pace of adults, but that time can be used with other activities including photography, bird watching, and many other things along the way. Like nearly everything in life as a parent, there will be new challenges with new insights, and many stories to tell to family and friends back home.

Discovery World Trekking looks forward to organizing a family trek for you!

Needed Essential Documents

We request the following in order to arrange permits and documents:

A copy of your passport and travel/health insurance documents with contact details, three passport size photos.

Please have a notepad and pen handy in order to note information regarding the upcoming trek/tour.

Additionally, we recommend that you maintain a separate photocopy of all important documents including traveller’s cheques and bank/ATM card contact numbers, international flight tickets, emergency contact numbers.

USEFUL INFO

Please Note: The Annapurna Round Trek includes fixed departure dates from Kathmandu and Pokhara and can be tailored to accommodate your specific requests and schedule. Please review our designated departure dates for this trek. If our designated departure dates do not suit your schedule please contact us and we will arrange it according to your timeframe. Please note that the Itinerary listed above may be modified in the event of changes beyond our control such as the weather, availability of lodging. The new itinerary will be made based on the best interest of the whole group. We will do our best to make sure the new itinerary suits everyone and will not affect the trip experience.

We look forward to guiding you to the Annapurna Circuit trek through some of the most dazzling landscape on the planet with unforgettable Himalayan panoramas along the way!

 

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Trip Reviews

Caring Company, Tiptop Trekking
Lesley
5 - Excellent
04/24/2018

As someone who usually travels solo, joining a group is always something of a risky prospect, so it was a pleasant surprise to find a company like Discovery World Trekking which did their utmost to accommodate my needs and requirements. Right from the outset the owner, Paul Gurung, was responsive to my emails, and departure was guaranteed for the I4-day EBC Trek on the date I chose--7 April. The pre-trip service was professional and courteous and from the moment I landed at Kathmandu Airport and was met by our young and personable guide, Dol Gurung, I knew all was going to be well. My group consisted of only a young Canadian couple in addition to myself, and each day was memorable and trouble-free, representing excellent value for money. The itinerary was well paced, the guest houses as comfortable as their locations allowed, and everything was very well managed. A special word of thanks must also go to my porter, Suraj Lopchan, who stood in as my guide on two occasions on the trek when I went at a different pace to my trail-mates. i will certainly travel again with Discovery World Trekking...and surely that is the sincerest recommendation of all?

Annapurna Circuit trek
Stephen
5 - Excellent
03/28/2019

I signed up for Annapurna Circuit Trek. It was an unforgettable experience where I saw the full range of rainforest to snow at Thorong La pass. Shawn Deep and Maansing were great and kept me safe in the mountains and were a bundle of fun. We had an enjoyable time on the trail and they were professional in carrying out their duties. Had heavy snow fall at Sree Kharka which made visiting the lake dangerous, so my guide made the correct decision to alter the route. I also made same last minute decision to alter the itinerary due to some personal reasons and they were very accommodating to make the necessary changes. My first trip to Nepal but definitely not the last. Discovery World Trekking made it an wonderful experience.

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Lesley
5 - Excellent
04/24/2018

As someone who usually travels solo, joining a group is always something of a risky prospect, so it was a pleasant surprise to find a company like Discovery World Trekking which did their utmost to accommodate my needs and requirements. Right from the outset the owner, Paul Gurung, was responsive to my emails, and departure was guaranteed for the I4-day EBC Trek on the date I chose--7 April. The pre-trip service was professional and courteous and from the moment I landed at Kathmandu Airport and was met by our young and personable guide, Dol Gurung, I knew all was going to be well. My group consisted of only a young Canadian couple in addition to myself, and each day was memorable and trouble-free, representing excellent value for money. The itinerary was well paced, the guest houses as comfortable as their locations allowed, and everything was very well managed. A special word of thanks must also go to my porter, Suraj Lopchan, who stood in as my guide on two occasions on the trek when I went at a different pace to my trail-mates. i will certainly travel again with Discovery World Trekking...and surely that is the sincerest recommendation of all?

FAQ’s

How long is Annapurna Circuit Trek?

Discovery World Trekking offers 10-27 days long trek depending on the packages.

What are the Annapurna Circuit Trek packages for?

Discovery World Trekking facilitates Annapurna Circuit Trek - 10 days, Annapurna Circuit Trek - 15 days, Annapurna Circuit Trek with Annapurna Base is Camp- 27 days, Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake - 16 days, Annapurna Sanctuary Trekking - 9 days and Annapurna Trek - 20 days. Please call us at +9779840055491 for more information visit our website www.discoveryworldtrekking.com/.

What is the best time to trek Annapurna Circuit?

Spring (March-May) and Autumn (September-November) is the most favorable time to enjoy the magnificent views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Peaks. However, DIscovery World Trekking will guide you in any season to coordinate with your holidays plan with safest journey as possible.

What is the weather condition and temperature at Annapurna Circuit Trek?

Manth  Day Night Weather
March to May  18-22 °C  8-10 °C  Crystal clear views, colorful blossoms of rhododendron and other wildflowers 
June to August  20-25°C  10-12 °C  Favorable for northern areas of Annapurna trails 
September  18-22 °C  8-12 °C  Most favorable time 
October to November  15 °C  7-8 °C  Clear Blue skies, least haze, fresh and vitalized natural vegetation 
December to February  7-12 °C  2-8 °C  Low number of trekkers on the trails, picturesque landscapes 

What should be my level of fitness to trek Annapurna Circuit?

Generally, you should have good health condition with normal physical fitness, positive attitude, self-confidence, and strong determination. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung and blood disease should inform us before booking the trek and are advised to seek medical advice or consent before the trek.

What is so captivating around Annapurna Circuit Trek?

Well, everything. Discovery World Trekking guides you with incredible trek and adventure to see the panoramic views of mountains, the ever changing landscapes, mesmerizing scenic beauties and reminiscing memories with people.

Is Annapurna Circuit Trek difficult?

Discovery World Trekking considers Annapurna Circuit Trek as moderate trek which does not involve technical climbing.

Do I need Travel Insurance to trek in Annapurna Region?

You need travel insurance prior to booking the trek which must cover medical and emergency repatriation inclusive of helicopter rescue and evacuation expenses at high altitude for trekking members. You should provide it to us before you start your trekking. Discovery World Trekking will help you to get a travel insurance for potential altitude sickness and unforeseen events due to sudden climate change.

What about the Insurance of guides and porters?

Discovery World Trekking ensures the expenses for insurance of its guides, porters and all the crews along with meals, salary, lodging, transportation and other necessary equipment.

Is there any luggage limit for porter?

Discovery World Trekking will provide one porter for two trekkers to carry 18 kgs of luggage (maximum 9 kg for each trekker). Please be sure your porters are not overloaded because they do not carry only your equipment but also lift your spirit to reach new heights, and your love, affection and generosity can be the reason for them to work hard to take you to your destination.

Do I need to tip my porter and guide?

Your porters are a big reason why you got a chance to feel something very few can have. Apart from guiding and carrying your necessities and being mindful of your safety, they want to see you happily succeeded more than anyone like family and help you successfully complete the trek safely. So, your tips reflect gratitude towards them. So, tipping is a recommended culture for porters and guide in Nepal as a gesture of thankfulness.

What documents do I need for Annapurna Circuit Trek?

You need to submit the following documents after the advance payment deposit and all the documents should be sent via email.

  • A copy of passport,
  • Passport size photos,
  • Flight details,
  • Copy of travel insurance (it has to cover heli rescue and medical evacuation).

What is the booking and payment method for Annapurna Circuit Trek?

You need to pay 10% in advance and rest of the amount can be paid after your arrival in Nepal. We accept Credit Card, however, you will be charged extra amount as service fee by the bank. So, Discovery World Trekking recommend you to pay in Cash to enjoy the benefit of discount. Any currency is accepted.

Is there a cancellation or refund policy?

Discovery World Trekking offers cancellation and refund facilities. You need to visit Discovery World Trekking’s tour packages for more information.

Can I use flight option for any local destination during Annapurna Circuit Trek?

Yes, you can if the starting or ending point of your journey is Pokhara. Normally, the trek for Annapurna Circuit starts from Bhulbhule and ends on Pokhara. In such case, you can take the return flight of about 25 minutes from Pokhara to Kathmandu at your own cost.

I usually get altitude sickness. Is there any possible option to avoid it?

Discovery World Trekking has well trained group of team members to deal with these issues. Our team member has oximeter to monitor the oxygen level at high altitude and have regular health check-up facilities. Discovery World Trekking also provide emergency rescue service. However, you can reduce the chances of altitude sickness by:

  • Cutting off caffeinated, alcoholic and smoking items
  • Drinking at least 4 liters of water a day
  • Trekking slowly
  • Not skipping the acclimatization days
  • Continuing with Diamox, if any symptoms shows up
  •  Drinking Garlic Soup

What is the lodging like in Annapurna Circuit Trek?

Discovery World Trekking manages a teahouse/lodge accommodation during the trek. Generally, there are twin sharing rooms and squat style toilets, normally outside the room or house. Teahouses/lodges provide blankets but it’s a good idea to bring your own sleeping bag as there are no heating systems inside the rooms. Some places may offer hot gas and running water for shower with an additional fee.

Do I need any permits to start my trek of Annapurna Circuit?

Yes, you need Trekker’s Information System (TIMS) Card and the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) to start your trek. But do not worry, Discovery World Trekking takes all the responsibilities for the required permits, paperwork and local taxes.

What types of liquid do I need to drink at high altitude?

arlic soup is must while trekking. Discovery World Trekking recommend trekkers to drink green tea, lemon tea, hot lemon and ginger tea. However, it is better to avoid alcohol and alcoholic beverages, caffeinated items and hot-chocolates at high altitude.

Is the drinking water safe in the trails to Annapurna Circuit?

Bottled water is easily available at low cost. But you can not use plastic bottles in Annapurna region. So, they do not sell plastic bottled mineral water. You need to drink mineral water or boiled or filtered water in those areas. It is better to use water purification drops and tablets which you can either bring from your own country or buy in Kathmandu or Pokhara. Discovery World Trekking also provide water purifier pills.

Do I need to bring my own medicines for Annapurna Circuit Trek?

If you are allergic to specific medicines, it is better to consult your doctor and bring your own. Discovery World Trekking regards its clients as its family. So, Discovery World Trekking will facilitate you with medical kits and other safety concern to avoid altitude sickness and other probable sicknesses.

I am a vegetarian. Am I supposed to get enough meal on my trek?

Discovery World Trekking won’t recommend non-veg items because the meat in such places may not hygienic and healthy. Discovery World Trekking also encourage to avoid dairy and cheesy items and strongly suggest not to consume them during the trek. So, our packages are suitable for both vegan and vegetarians.

Is there pick service by the Company?

You will see personal representative of Discovery World Trekking welcoming you outside the arrival lounge of Tribhuvan International Airport with your name pamphlets on her/his hand. S/he will take you to your selected hotel on private transportation conveniently.

Can I hire the gear in Nepal?

Discovery World Trekking will introduce to dozens of shops for hiring your gears.

Is there Wi-Fi on the trek?

Yes, most guesthouses offer Wi-Fi, for a small charge.

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