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Annapurna Circuit Trek
The Annapurna circuit trek is the longer version trek of the Annapurna region which is a trekker’s paradise. It comes from the fact that in one’s trek, one gets the pleasure of hiking distinguishable landscape, right from the tropical forest and wetlands to the harsh rugged wilderness all close to human habitation.
You traverse through varying agrarian adaption of human civilization, cultural difference of ethnicity. The grueling hike gives you the taste of nature and man as well as a three dimensional view of not only the Annapurna peak but a range of others. The trails are along fast flowing rivers, past protruding overhanging cliffs, to land in alpine or sub tropical vegetation and climates. Homes transform magically from thatched to tinned and then to stone built houses so does the ethnicity from the Aryans to the Mongolians and from Hindu temples to Buddhist Monasteries and Gompas. You would be fortunate to sight 1540 species of flora and fauna on the trek.
You hike from altitudes 1400 to 5416 metres at Thorang La Pass, well known for it historical importance and the local dwellers to graze their herds . This is precisely why, Annapurna circuit trek is internationally renowned.

The Circuit Trek Around Annapurna
Your trek starts at Besisahar to Bahundanda where the ruins of the fortress of Lamjung Durbar is the highlight. Then, it is Chamje hiking over log bridges and along river trails. The homes of the denizens give ones the impression of medieval times. It is onto Bagarchhap, done in hanging rock trails and vast barren plateaus. Lamjung Himal and Annapurna are some peaks you view along the way.
The next is the trails through virgin vegetation, and peach and apple orchards. Then there is the magnificent rock face of Paungda Danda. The hike to Manang give one the view of Milarepa Cave and also that of a Gompa and huge prayer wheels. In Manang, you get to adapt to the high altitude and the chance to see Annapurna and Gangapurna peaks as well as hear ice falls and see glaciers which hang. Next is along a east bound river to Letdar and Thorong Phedi. Then it is the Thorung La Pass to Muktinath and onto Jomsom.
From here you hike to Tukuche via the Kali Gandaki river which has the deepest gorge in the world and then onto Ghasa getting the chance to view first hand Annapurna I, Manaslu and Dhaulagiri peaks. The next stop over is a Tatopani where you get to bath in a natural spring hot water and healing powers. From here it is onto Ghorepani where are water takes a shade of white where it its name come from.
Tikhedhunga and Nayapul and the drive back to Pokhara, just to fly back to Kathmandu.

1. Day One – Arrival at Kathmandu (1400m)

You will be met at Tribhuwan International Airport by a representative of Green Lotus Trekking holding a welcome placard and token for your overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu and to freshen up. Prior to dinner a briefing will be held. You could spend the rest of the day resting or wandering around the city of Kathmandu sightseeing.

2. Day Two – Besi sahar by Bus (823m) – (7 hour ride)

Our trek starts from Besisahar and it is a seven hour bus ride along with you guide that goes via with Pokhara, a tourist hub of Nepal. You will get you first taste of the winding rivers and the green forest of the mid-range of the Himalayan Mountain. O/N stay at lodge.

3. Day Three – To Bahudanda (1311m) – (Approx 7 hour trek)

A rough rock staircase down to the Puwa Khola (river)and over a rock bed, we trek past Chanaute and over rock hopping and several ups and downs through sub-tropical forest and rice terraces brings us to the Annapurna Conversation Area. We cross a sagging suspension bridge at Khudi Khola (river) past a collection of government builds. We head to Bhulbule (848m) then cross the Marsyangdi Khola. Heading up the river we pass a majestic waterfall and though a forest of screw pine and then a trail through a few villages. Finally the trail leads up through a scrub forest and some landslides and a short steep climb to Bahundanda. O/N stay at a lodge.

4. Day Four – To Chamje (1433m) – (Approx  6 hour trek)

In the first leg of today’s hike, we head to Lili Bhir descending a slippery, steep path through an amphitheatre shaped rice terrace from and then follows high above the stream below safe guarded by railings. Passing the village of Gherum opposite a huge waterfall, the trail descends to cross the Marsyangdi River over a long suspension bridge. Moving past Syange, the valley becomes narrow to steep canyon, we reach Sheer Chaur. A climb over a nearly vertical cliff with a view of rhododendron, pine, stinging nettle and marijuana forest, it is a short descend to Jagat (1330m) – medieval atmosphere village. The trail descends and crosses landslides, forest and waterfall to Chanje. O/N stay at a lodge.

5. Day Five – To Bagarchap (2164m) – (Approx 7 hour trek)

Crossing the east bank of River Marsyandi and following the embankment under overhanging cliffs, rocky trails and stone staircase, we get to Sattale (1480m). The next leg is through bamboo groves, rhododendron forests, above steep river banks and descends making it to Tal Besi. After which we climb steep trails above Marsyandi, underground waterfalls hidden beneath boulders – Manang district becomes apparent. Finally hopping and crossing a number of suspension bridges, up and down descends trails and eventually crossing over a suspension bridge over Marsyandi we arrive at our destination for the night at Barachap. O/N stay at a lodge.

6. Day Six – To Chame (2713m) – (Approx 6 hour trek)

First we hit Danaque (2210) over the bank of a river and a forest. Traversing a rock ledge, a virgin forest of walnut, we reach Lattermarang. Further through forested ridges, apple orchards and more ridges, we enter Kotho via a chorten. Getting clearance from the police check post, we are in the Nur-Phu valley.  We finally get to Chame from after a 30 minute easy walk. Throughout the day, we are surprised by the hid and seek views of Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II and Annapurna IV. O/N stay at a lodge.

7. Day Seven – To Pisang (3173m) – (Approx 5 hour trek)

We start the day’s trek to Telekhu (2840m), after passing buckwheat fields and mani walls, then it is mostly level walk and few landslide hit areas and huge apple orchards to Bhratang. Following a new rock blasted trail we stay to the side of the river getting the dramatic view of Paungda Danda, plus others. Crossing the river and a gently ridge, we get to Dhurure Pokhari (3200m). The mostly leveled trek across Manang Valley and eventually across a wooden bridge, we enter Pisang. O/N stay at a lodge.

8. Day Eight – To Manang (3540m) – (Approx 5 hour trek)

We first trek to Ghyaru, via the South of Marsyandi, passing mani walls, a memorial, a long climb over a forested ridge, getting excellent views of Tilicho Peak (7133m) and domesticated sheep, goats, horses and yaks.  Then we trek to Honge (3420m) passing a long line of mani walls and brass prayer wheels. We cross the river to the northern bank at Mungji (3500m). Past buckwheat fields and barley and a ridge we touch Bryaga (3500m). Finally the trek to Manang passes long stretches of very arid land and weird cliffs erode into dramatic pillars of natural formation. O/N stay at a lodge.

9. Day Nine – Acclimatization at Manang

Today we get to rest and acclimatize to the altitude we are in, not without sightseeing and to the rural lifestyle of the Manang folks, plus getting the change to contemplate and take in the scintillating view of the distance Annapurna range.

10. Day Ten  – To Letdar (4250m) – (Approx 4 hour trek)

We first get to Tengi crossing a stream via a trail and continuing up Marsyandi valley, passing a few Goths with forested growths on the valley floor. We get to the village of Gunsang. The trek passes sparse forests of juniper, rose and barberry, a few meadows with grazing horses all the while getting the Buddhist influence of mani wall and prayer wheels. Beyond Yak Kharka (4110m), the hike passes large herds of yaks and horses grazing and we finally get to Letdar. O/N stay at lodge.

11. Day Eleven – To Thorung Pedi (4420m) – Approx 3 hour trek)

Trekking along a trail the east bank of Jarsang Khola (stream), we descend and cross a wooden bridge to the other side. Climbing a short ascent over a good trail and a narrow one we descend to Thorung Phedi. O/N stay at Lodge.

12. Day Twelve – To Muktinath (3800m) via Thorang La Pass – (Approx 8 hour trek)

We reach the pass ascending up and switching backing and forth up moraines and low ridges. Then the trail climbs continuously in and out of canyons from by moraines endlessly till we finally pass Thorung La Pass (5416m). The view is outstanding of the Himalayan region at its best. Then we finally descend through a series or moraines downhill to level out before we touch Muktinath. O/N stay at lodge.

13. Day Thirteen – To Jomsom (2760m) – (Approx 4 hour trek)

We head toward Jomsom which is an easy walk down hill and we get to our destination by mid afternoon. The rest of the day we get to rest or see surrounding peaks of the Annapurna region. O/N stay at Lodge.

14. Day Fourteen – To Tukuche (2591m) – (Approx 5 hour trek)

We trek to Marpha in the first stretch on a level path for an hour. On leaving Marpha, we head towards Tukuche on the level path of the Kali Gandaki river all the while get the panoramic view Dhaulagiri Peak (8000m). Tukuche is a wonderful Thakali village. O/N stay at a lodge.

15. Day Fifteen – To Ghasa (2013m) – (Approx 6 hour trek)

Trekking towards Ghasa we cross a bridge and sandy landslide to descend into lush lowland full of forests and rivers and finally arrive at our destination. O/N stay at Lodge.

16. Day Sixteen – To Tatopani (1189m) – (Approx 4 hour trek)

In the first stretch of the trek we head to Rupse – a hamlet with a wonderful water fall. Then, we head to Dana and finally to Tatopani, a wonderful place to relax and freshen up in all its hot springs. O/N stay at lodge.

17. Day Seventeen – To Ghorepani (2835m) – (Approx 5 hour trek)

In the first leg of the trek we head to Shika (1920m) with an amazing view of the surround Himalaya. Then, we continue to Chitre all the way with the back drop of the Annapurna Mountain and finally Ghorepani.  O/N stay at lodge.

18. Day Eighteen – To Tirkhedhunga (1577m) – (Approx 6 hour trek)

The first part would a seemingly climb up an endless flight of steps made out of crude steps with the back drop of forested vegetation to finally reach Ulleri. After numerous ups and downs and over streams gushing out from the forested foliage we reach Tirkhegunga. O/N stay at lodge.

19. Day Nineteen – To Nayapul and Drive to Pokhara (915m) – (Approx 6 hour trek and drive)

We first trek to Nayapul from where we comfortably get to Pokhara by a two drive and have the rest of the day to rest of sightseeing at Pokhara. O/N stay at Lodge.

20. Day Twenty – Flight to Kathmandu (1400m)

We fly to Kathmandu (40 min) and spend the rest of the day either resting or sightseeing buying souvenirs to take back home.

21. Day Twenty one – Farwell

The trip concludes – our airport representative will drop you to Kathmandu’s Tribhuwan International Airport for your flight departure from Nepal.


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What is the best time of year to trek?
You can find good places to trek somewhere in the Himalayas at anytime of the year. However for most regions the best time is from October to May, with Oct-Nov having best weather for trekking. During the autumn nights are cold in the high Himalaya, but the bright sun makes for pleasant daytime temperature (20 degree centigrade to 5 centigrade in the night). Above 3500m temperature range goes down to -10 degree centigrade, and in winter (Dec-Jan) it is about 10 degrees colder.

How fit do I have to be to do a trek?
Whilst you do not need to be super-fit, you need to be fit enough to comfortably walk for 5-6 hours per day in the mountains on reasonable trails. Most of our customers have an interest in walking in the hills or countryside of their homeland and are used to similar daily trips.

What is a typical group size? Will I fit in?
We pride ourselves in our small group approach to Adventure Travel. Small groups allow you to share great company without crowding your experience. Our typical groups range in size from 2 up to 8. One of the attractions of such a trip is the chance to meet people with different backgrounds and personalities

What if the dates for the group treks don’t fit my itinerary?
If this is the case, we can organize a personalized trek for you. Additionally if you want to spend more time in Kathmandu before or after a trek we can organize the hotels and quote you a price.

Are your tours guaranteed to run?
If you are group of two and more the trip is guaranteed to run.

Do I need to buy special equipment?
Usually our clients simply bring their existing clothing and equipment and if necessary supplement this with some extra items purchased cheaply in Kathmandu.

What gear to bring?
Passport (with photocopies)
Photos for Nepal visa on arrival
Travel insurance (with photocopies)
Airline tickets (with photocopies)
Day pack for daily personal items

For Trekking:
Walking boots
Light sandals or plimsolls to wear in the lodges
2 pairs of underwear
2 pairs of walking socks
2 warm shirts/ thin fleece
1 pair of thin thermal under trousers.
Long trousers for walking (or long skirt for women)
T shirt
Shorts
Gloves (it’s cold on the Thorung La, Laurebina Pass and Cho La)
Warm hat which covers your ears (for the Kali Gandaki and Thorung La – it’s windy)
Base ball cap or broad brim hat to keep the sun off (Australian Barmah recommended)
Sunglasses (vital)
Sun cream
Soap and soap dish
Small towel
Toothbrush and toothpaste.
Wet wipes / Moist towelettes
Hand sanitizing lotion
Head torch
Moisturizer, Lip balm
Tampons – hard to buy in rural areas
Ear plugs for light sleepers
Toiletries
Sheet of plastic (Use as a poncho if it rains)
1 roll of toilet paper. You can buy more on the way.
2 large plastic bag. One for smelly clothes, one for things which must be kept dry.
Small good quality padlock
Waterbottle
Iodine tablets for water purification
Protein bars, chocolate, dried fruits, candies and snack foods.

Notes: All of the trekking items are available in Kathmandu at nominal prices. However we suggest you bring hiking boots from your home country if you decided to purchase these items in Kathmandu.

Can I store stuff that I do not use on trek?
Yes, all hotels provide storage facility for free.

Do I need travel insurance?
Personal travel insurance is not included in the tour price. It is a condition of booking a tour with Green Lotus Trekking, and your responsibility to ensure for type of tours you are undertaking; the policy must include satisfactory cover for repatriation, high altitudes, trekking and climbing, and helicopter rescue. Please forward your insurance details (e.g. policy number, 24-hour emergency telephone number, name of insurance company) to Green Lotus Trekking when available.

Do I need a visa to visit Nepal?
Yes. You can apply in your home country thorough Nepalese Embassy or Consulate or obtain it at the airport on arrival by paying fee as below:

Multiple entry 15 days: US $25
Multiple entry 30 days: US $40
Multiple entry 90 days: US $100

Notes. We suggest you to bring the exact change. You also need bring 2 passport size photo.

Tourist Visa Extension
Visa extension fee for 15 days or less is US $ 30 or equivalent convertible currency and visa extension fee for more than 15 days is US$ 2 per day

Tourist visa can be extended for a maximum period of 150 days in a single visa year (January – December).

Gratis (Free) Visa
Gratis visa for 30 days available only for tourists of SAARC countries.
Indian nationals do not require visa to enter into Nepal.

I am a single trekker. How does this work?
Normally single trekkers have no problems fitting in with a group. Normally single trekkers share rooms or lodges with other trekkers of the same sex, but if we have an odd-number we ensure that a room or lodge is organised accordingly.

How will my booking be processed?
To confirm your booking we will require deposit of $250 for treks and $300 for a peak climbing which can be made by bank transfer or online through paypal.com (leading transaction site). The balance is payable on arrival in Kathmandu with cash or traveler cheque. Alternatively balance can be paid by bank transfer or PayPal shortly before arriving in Kathmandu.

Beside deposit payment what information do I need to forward?
Following details is needed to process your trekking permit, national park permit, flight booking etc.

Gender:
First Name:
Last Name:
Passport number:
Expiry date:
Place of issue:
Nationality:
Date of birth:
Occupation:
Your arrival details (time, date, flight no., airlines):

All above info can be sent electronically via email.

How far do I trek each day?
You will typically walk 4-9 miles (5-8 hours) each day. Some days may be rest days for impromptu exploration. In high and steep areas, you may move more slowly. Most people begin to feel the effects of high altitude over about 2000 meters and your trekking pace is always adjusted to permit safe acclimatization. Our treks follow established trails used by local people. You will probably carry only a light day pack.

How flexible is the trekking day?
You can hike at your own pace, stopping when you wish. There is ample time to cover the necessary hiking distance each day with lots of stops. If you are on a private trek, you may wish to take more or fewer days to cover a given distance, or add in rest days. If you like to hike fast, your guide will be concerned that you acclimatize to high altitude effectively. You may wish to reach camp at a measured pace, but take a side hike after camp arrival. Your guide is always interested to learn about your personal interests and to accommodate those interests as the trip permits.

What is altitude sickness?
Altitude sickness, often known as Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), is a particularly important medical consideration while trekking in Nepal. Altitude sickness means the effect of altitude on those who ascend too rapidly to elevations above 3000 meters. The initial symptoms of AMS are as follows:

Nausea, vomiting
Loss of appetite
Insomnia/ sleeplessness
Persistent headaches
Dizziness, light headaches, confusion
Disorientation, drunken gait
Weakness, fatigue, lassitude, heavy legs, slight swelling of hands and face
Breathlessness and breathing irregularly
Reduced urine output

These symptoms are to be taken very seriously. In case of the appearance of any of the above symptoms, any further ascent should be reconsidered; otherwise more serious problems can occur which can cause death, sometimes within a few hours. The only cure for the Altitude Sickness is to descend to lower elevations immediately. Acclimatization by ascending to no more than 300 to 500 meters per day above 3000 meters and the proper amount of rest are the best methods for prevention of AMS.

Will I be able to deal with the high altitude?
Our itineraries are designed so that our clients ascend at a sensible and safe rate. The effects of altitude are felt by everyone, even the Sherpas, but most people find that gentle acclimatization allows them to reach their high point without any problems.

What is teahouse and camping treks?
Tea House accommodation: There are a number of lodges along the popular trekking routes in Annapurna, Everest, and Langtang regions. These lodges are called Tea House Lodges and managed by local people. These lodges have basic requirements for over night accommodation like private rooms, dormitories, toilets, shower room with hot and cold water, and one attached restaurant. The quality of food offered might vary from lodge to lodge but most serve simple and hygienic meals. The teahouse trekking provides you an opportunity to feel the warm hospitality of friendly Nepali hosts. The money you spend goes to the local community.

Camping Trekking
In a typical camping trekking, each pair of trekkers will sleep in a spacious mountain tent with a durable rain, fly, and full insect netting. The tent is fitted with foam mattresses. When your campsite is near villages or lodges you may be invited to sleep in the lodges or homes of local people.

What are the typical foods on the treks?
Breakfast options includes  Oatmeal,French toast,Chapatti, Tibetan bread, eggs, pancakes, muesli and for Lunch or dinner you can have sandwich, soups momo (dumpling), macaroni dishes, pizzas, noodles, steak, dal bhat (rice, lentils, veg platter) pasta etc.

What is your guide like?
Our trekking guides are carefully selected for their ability and are generally from Sherpa, Tamang, Gurung, Magar, and other communities from remote mountain villages. Each guide is trained and has abilities in eco-friendly trekking methods and safety. They help to maintain your health and your happiness as well as his crew members. Our guides are committed to making sure that all our trekkers have an enjoyable trek, come back safe and are overwhelmed by their experience. Your guide will be a friend and companion, who takes pleasure in showing you his country’s specialties and, perhaps, meet his home and family too.

What about the Porters?
Services of porters and pack-animals to carry your luggage and equipment are hired at the beginning of a trek to make sure that most of the costs our clients pay go directly into the local community where you trek.

How much should I tip the guides and porters?
Tipping is at your discretion but always appreciated. A good rule of thumb is anywhere from $2- 5 dollars per day for the guide and $1.5 to 3 dollars per day per porter.  The total amount can then be divided among the group.

What is your Kathmandu contact address in case if my family needs to contact me in case of emergency?
Please have them contact at any of the following numbers:
Cell : ++977-98510-32108+977-98510-32108 or 9841-250248.  Landline (office hour) 977-1-400-5037977-1-400-5037 or 444-5475.  We check email frequently throughout the days so you could also write to our email: [email protected] if it’s not urgent.