Annapurna Circuit via Poon Hill, Nepal


The Annapurna Circuit trek has been recognised as one of the world’s best trekking routes. This is a dramatic odyssey around the mighty Annapurna range, a journey that is regarded as one of the top ten walks in the world.

Our 220km pilgrimage of the Annapurna Range offers a unique insight into the physical and cultural diversity of Nepal. This lodge-based trek is certainly a classic journey that is appreciated by trekkers from all round the globe. Since it opened to foreign tourists in 1977, the Annapurna Circuit Trek is renowned as one of the most spectacular and diverse walks on the planet with lush green valleys and fascinating villages that offer impressive snow-capped views of the White Himalayas.

Starting at an elevation of less than 1,000m, it gives us a chance to explore the spectacular Himalayas from bottom to top including many different angles and perspectives. The trek exposes itself moderately, ascending through subtropical scenery to a Tibetan-influenced valley then over the soaring Thorong La to the desert-like Trans-Himalayan Kali Gandaki Valley.

My well design itinerary completes the circuit with a few new variations that will enhance this magnificent expedition. From Kathmandu we travel to the road-head at Besi Sahar (760m) to commence the Annapurna Circuit trek. The long journey follows the Marsyangdi River through rice paddies, terraced fields and Hindu villages under the shadow of the Annapurna and Manaslu Ranges. As we ascend, the valley becomes narrower, waterfalls plummet from high above, and the scenery gains a rugged alpine appearance.

The highest point of the Annapurna Circuit trek is crossing the Thorong La Pass (5,416m) at the top of the valley. We will traverse the pass in a counter-clockwise direction from east to west. Travelling clockwise the longer ascent and shorter descent from west to east is too demanding for many trekkers to manage in one day.

As we trek north of the Great Himalayan Divide there is a dramatic change as we enter the stark landscape of the Tibetan Plateau where the culture becomes predominantly Buddhist. We then head back down the great Kali Gandaki Valley, said to be one of the deepest gorges on earth with Annapurna I (8,091m) and Dhaulagiri (8,172m) towering above.

Poon Hill

A final highlight of this incredible expedition involves trekking to the Tatopani Hot Springs (1,190m) and an unforgettable morning hike to Poon Hill (3,210m) before returning to Pokhara and finally Kathmandu where we complete our exhilarating trek.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival at Kathmandu International airport (1400m). Transfer to Radisson Hotel (B/B)

Day 2: Nepal time zone acclimatisation day in Kathmandu. Trek orientation with Cherie & Nepalese guides. Clothing & equipment checkFull day sightseeing of Kathmandu.Visit: Durbar Square, Swoyambhunath, Boudhanath & Pasupatinath – Radisson Hotel (B/B)

Day 3: Private Bus drive to Besi Sahar (760m) 6-7 hours – Teahouse (B/L/D)

Day 4: Trek to Bahundanda (1,310m)  6-7 hours – Teahouse (B/L/D)

Day 5: Trek to Chamje (1,430m) 6-7 hours  – Teahouse (B/L/D)

Day 6: Trek to Bagarchhap (2,160m) 6-7 hours – Teahouse (B/L/D)

Day 7: Trek to Chame (2,670m) 6-7 hours – Teahouse (B/L/D)

Day 8: Trek to Pisang (3,200m) 4-5 hours – Teahouse (B/L/D)

Day 9: Trek to Manang (3,540m) 3-4 hours – Teahouse (B/L/D)

Day 10: Acclimatisation day in Manang (3,540m) 3-4 hours return. Teahouse (B/L/D)

Day 11: Trek to Yak Kharka (4,018m) 4-5 hours – Teahouse (B/L/D)

Day 12: Trek to Thorong Phedi (4,450m) 3-4 hours – Teahouse (B/L/D)

Day 13: Trek to Thorong-La Pass (5,416m) and trek down to Muktinath (3,760m) 7-9 hours – Teahouse (B/L/D)

Day 14: Trek to Marpha (2,670m) 5-6 hours – Teahouse (B/L/D)

Day 15 Trek to Ghasa (2,010m) 5-6 hours – Teahouse (B/L/D)

Day 16: Trek to Tatopani/Hot Spring (1,190m) 5-6 hours – Teahouse (B/L/D)

Day 17: Trek to Shikha (1,935m) 4-5 hours -Teahouse (B/L/D)

Day 18: Trek to Ghorepani (2,860m) 4-6 hours – Teahouse (B/L/D)

Day 19: Trek to Poon Hill (3,210m) & trek down to Ulleri (1,960m)  5-6 hours – Teahouse (B/L/D)

Day 20: Trek to Nayapul (1,070m) 3-4 hours. Private bus drive to Pokhara (820m) 1-2 hours. Half day sightseeing in Pokhara – Pokhara Grande Hotel (BB)

Day 21:  Private bus drive to Pokhara airport & fly to Kathmandu-Radisson Hotel (BB)

Day 22:  Departure to International Airport. End of trek (B)

B/B = Bed & Breakfast, B = Breakfast, B/L/D = Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

* Itinerary subject to change
* Single room supplement available at additional cost of $600 USD
Detailed trek itinerary and information (clothing & equipment list; medical information; FAQ’s) issued upon booking
* Sections of the outlined itinerary involve trekking on local roads. Due to commercial development this is an unavoidable situation if you want to trek the complete Annapurna Circuit. 

Trek Inclusions:             

  • Arrival/Departure transfers on both domestic and international flights
  • Deluxe Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu – Radisson Hotel (twin share – bed & breakfast as per itinerary)
  • Deluxe Hotel accommodation in Pokhara – Pokhara Grande (twin share basis – bed & breakfast as per the itinerary)
  • Highest quality Teahouse accommodation with attached bathroom when available on a twin share basis during trek (single room supplementary charge available if requested
  • Unlimited breakfast, lunch and dinner from full teahouse menu at your choice while trekking
  • Unlimited hot drinks at each meal (excluding carbonated & alcoholic drinks)
  • 4-5L of boiled or filtered drinking water per day while trekking
  • Welcome or farewell traditional Nepalese dinner with cultural dance & folk music
  • Half day guided city tour in Kathmandu
  • Half day guided city tour in Pokhara
  • All domestic flights and airport tax (Pokhara-Kathmandu)
  • Transportation to and from the starting and ending point of trek
  • Free use of quality trekking gear – sleeping bag, fleece liner & jacket for the duration of the trek (these items are to be returned at the end of the trek)
  • Free loan of local mobile SIM card (twin share)to communicate with family & friends during trek (credit not included)
  • Cherie Horne Adventure Trekking (CHAT) duffle bag & hat
  • Corporate discount on trek clothing and equipment with Kathmandu (Australian residents only)
  • Professional Nepalese trekking co-guide & assistant guides well trained in Wilderness First Aid
  • Porters to carry all personal gear and group equipment
  • First Aid Kit (excluding personal prescription medication)
  • Gamow Bag/PAC
  • TIMS card & any other required permits, taxes, or official documentation for trekking
  • Trekking map
  • Emergency helicopter rescue Evacuation Coordination Service  (You are responsible for travel/trekking insurance to cover this contingency)

Trek Exclusions:

  • International airfares (approximately $1000-$1600 return from Melbourne to Kathmandu
  • Travel & emergency helicopter rescue insurance (Please make sure your  insurance covers helicopter evacuation services)
  • Excess baggage charges more than 15kg (which includes carry-on bag)  for domestic flights
  • Visa fees
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu or Pokhara because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Drinks (carbonated and alcoholic)
  • Hot shower and battery charges during the trek
  • Entry into Poon Hill ($2USD)
  • Expenses of personal nature (laundry, phone calls)
  • Lunches and dinners whilst not trekking (approximately $5-$10 per meal in Kathmandu & Pokhara restaurants, $10-$20 per meal in Radisson Hotel)
  • Tips for Nepalese co-guides & porters
  • Pre-Trek Simulated Altitude & Group Training program  

 


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