Annapurna Semi Circuit Trekking

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Overview of Annapurna Semi Circuit Trekking

Village on the way to Annapurna Circuit Trek

Annapurna semi Circuit Trek is one of the famous and most trekked route in the  Annapurna region. The Annapurna semi circuit trek takes you to the entire Annapurna massif in the north-central part of Nepal that includes Annapurna I Main (8091 m) which is the tenth highest mountain in the world, Mount Dhaulagiri which is above 8000 m located to the west of Annapurna I. These Mountains are separated by Kali Gandaki river the deepest George in the world. It is a unique destination full of excitements with overwhelming scenery of mountains, flora and fauna, fascinating rhododendrons, oaks, and a variety of pine forests with charming traditional villages. Throughout the trek, you can find cultural diversity among the people of different ethnic groups like Gurung, Tamang along with warm hospitality. The trek offers panoramic mountain views of Annapurna II, Annapurna IV, Annapurna III, Gangapurna Himal, Lamjung Himal, Pisang peak, Chulu (East, West, and North) peak, Tilicho peak, and Khangsar peak. 14 days Annapurna Semi Circuit Trekking not only provides you to experience the great Himalayan adventures but also offers an eye witnessing beautiful mountain ranges and a chance of learning about the cultures and lifestyle of people living in the Annapurna region. 

Annapurna Semi Circuit Trek Highlights

  • Rising the Marsyangdhi River valley.
  • Enjoying the panoramic mountain views of more than 13 peaks throughout the trek.
  • Witnessing the world's most elevated mountains: Dhaulagiri I (seventh), Manaslu (eighth), and Annapurna I (tenth).
  • Deepest George in the world, Kaligandaki river.
  • Trekking through the highest pass, Thorong La Pass at 5,416 meters.
  • The journey to famous Muktinath.
  • Tea house trek.
  • The energetic night of Pokhara.

Trip Facts

Destination: Nepal
Trip Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous 
Style: Trekking and Tour
Transportation: Private Vehicle / Aeroplane
Meals: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
Accommodation: Trekkers Hut
Group Size: 1 to 20
Max Altitude: 5,416m/17,769ft.

You may also like:

  1. Annapurna Express Trek.
  2. Annapurna Sanctuary Trek.

Outline Itineraries

Day 01: Welcome to Kathmandu
Day 02: Kathmandu sightseeing
Day 03: Kathmandu to Besishahar about 6 hours drive.
Day 04: Besishahar to Chame about 7 hours drive.
Day 05: Trek Chame to Pisang about 6 hours trek.
Day 06: Trek Pisang to Manang about 5 hours trek.
Day 07: Manang acclimatization day.
Day 08: Manang to Ledar about 5 hours trek.
Day 09: Ledar to high camp about 6 hours trek.
Day 10: Trek high camp to Muktinath via Thorang La(5416m) about 8 hours trek.
Day 11: Trek Muktinath to Jomsom via Kagbeni about 5 hours trek.
Day 12: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara for about 25 minutes.
Day 13: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu about 7 hours drive.
Day 14: Final Departure.

Detailed Itineraries

Day 01: Welcome to Kathmandu

You will be greeted at Kathmandu's Tribhuwan international airport. Following the completion of all formalities, a representative from the hotel will transport you to the hotel. The rest of the day can be spent relaxing in the hotel. Dinner will be served later that evening.

Max. Altitude: 1340m
Accommodation: Hotel
Food: Breakfast
Place: Kathmandu.

Day 02: Kathmandu sightseeing

We make the visit to fascinating and authentic locations and World Heritage Sites an unforgettable experience. Starting at the Pasupati temple and moving on to the old city of Kathmandu, which is rich in craftsmanship and specialization. Then there are countless monkeys at the old stupa, syambhunath, also known as the monkey temple. From there, you'll have a beautiful view of the Kathmandu valley.

Max. Altitude: 1340m
Accommodation: Hotel
Food: Breakfast
Place: Kathmandu.

Day 03: Kathmandu to Besishahar about 6 hours drive.

We leave early in the morning to travel to Besishahar. We can enjoy field Nepal, its greenery, streams, and slopes while on a 6-hour ride. In Besishahar, we will spend the night.

Max. Altitude: 760m
Accommodation: Hotel
Food: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Place: Besisahar.

Day 04: Besishahar to Chame about 7 hours drive.

This four-wheel drive will take you through the Marsyangdhi valley, passing through numerous mountain towns and providing a breathtaking view of Chame (2670m/8757ft). It can travel on an unpaved street in a four-wheel jeep or other nearby mode of transportation.

Max. Altitude: 2670m
Accommodation: Tea House
Food: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Place: Chame.

Day 05: Trek Chame to Pisang about 6 hours trek.

Your journey will begin today. The trail will take you through the valley's left half, and after passing through the apple ranch town of Bartang, you'll cross the suspension bridge and arrive in Dhikurpokhari, a lovely town. The walk will be highly fun and enjoyable. During the walk, you can see Annapurna ii, Annapurna iv, and the Pisang peak.

Max. Altitude: 3250m
Accommodation: Tea House
Food: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Place: Pisang.

Day 06: Trek Pisang to Manang about 5 hours trek.

The town of Pisang marks the beginning of the Manang region's upper reaches. The trek continues to Braga, a Tibetan-styled place, on this day. The houses are stacked on top of one another, forming verandas with housetops. The main attraction is the Gompa, the largest in the city, which houses an enormous collection of statues and is situated on a high bank with a panoramic view of the entire area. We eventually arrive in Manang, where we recharge our batteries and spend the night.

Max. Altitude: 3519m
Accommodation: Tea House
Food: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Place: Manang.

Day 07: Manang acclimatization day.

Today we begin a multi-day acclimatization process in Manang. The entire day was spent taking lovely day strolls and sketching out the breathtaking views around town, and the daytime is perfect for gaining height. At the end of the day, we return to our original position and relax.

Max. Altitude: 3519m
Accommodation: Tea House
Food: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Place: Manang.

Day 08: Manang to Ledar about 5 hours trek.

We leave Manang today, and the trail climbs about 2000 meters to the Thorung La pass. We go through Tenki on our way out of the Marsyangdhi Valley. As we continue along the Jarsang Khola Valley, we hit Ledar at 4,250m, where the vegetation is becoming increasingly scarce. This is the den of the snow panther.

Max. Altitude: 4200m
Accommodation: Tea House
Food: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Place: Ledar.


Day 09: Ledar to high camp about 6 hours trek.

We travel up to Phedi at 4,420m after the trail slips to cross the waterway at 4,310m. We can find some nice, recently built Guesthouses at High Camp, which is located at a height of 4,600m. Depending on how the elevation affects you, your medium-term stay will be there or at Phedi.

Max. Altitude: 4925m
Accommodation: Tea House
Food: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Place: High Camp.

Day 10: Trek high camp to Muktinath via Thorung la(5416m) about 8 hours trek.

Depending on the season, the trek begins early in the morning and passes through the world's highest pass, Thorung-La (5416m/17764ft). We'll slide down the pass after the intersection. From the pass, we can see the Dhaulagiri peak. We will arrive in Chirabu, which is located at the base of the Pass, and then proceed to Muktinath, where we will stay for a medium period of time. We'll probably go to Muktinath Sanctuary, or we can postpone it until the next morning. We can see a few mountains today, including the Thorung crest, Dhaulagiri, and Muktinath Himal.

Max. Altitude: 3800m
Accommodation: Tea House
Food: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Place: Muktinath.

Day 11: Trek Muktinath to Jomsom via Kagbeni about 5 hours trek.

Until we reach the Kagbeni place, the walk will be downhill. As the scenery changes and you pass through excellent medieval towns like Jharkot and Kagbeni, the walk will become more enjoyable. After Kagbeni, the walk will take you through the valley, and now that you've arrived in the breezy valley, prepare yourself for some hard breezing. During the day, the Dhaulagiri massif, Nilgiri north, and Tukuche peak are visible.

Max. Altitude: 2745m
Accommodation: Tea House
Food: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Place: Jomsom.

Day 12: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara about 25 minutes.

From Jomsom, we take a bus to Pokhara. Pokhara is a lake city where you can spend your leisure time meandering along the water's edge. On the other hand, if you need to fly to Kathmandu, you can take a nonstop flight from Jomsom.

Max. Altitude: 815m
Accommodation: Hotel
Food: Breakfast
Place: Pokhara.

Day 13: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu about 7 hours drive.

After spending time in Pokhara, we will take a visitor transport to Kathmandu, which will take approximately 6 hours. You can simply relax in your lodging or go shopping today. In Kathmandu for the foreseeable future.

Max. Altitude: 1,400m
Accommodation: Hotel
Food: Breakfast
Place: Kathmandu.

Day 14: Final Departure

Today is the last day of my stay in Nepal. You have a couple of hours free today or a minute ago to search for your friends, exchange texts, and sort out your pictures. We'll drop you off at the international airport so you can catch your flight back home, and we wish you a safe journey. You'll have plenty of time on your way home to plan your next adventure in Nepal's magnificent country.

Cost Includes

Inclusion:

  • All transportation by private vehicle including Airport transfers.
  • Three night’s accommodation with breakfast at 3 star category hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Kathmandu city tours with a tour with a experienced tour guide and a vehicle.
  • Three daily meals with tea/coffee (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trek.
  • Best available tea houses lodge during the trek.
  • A highly Experienced professional trekking guide and porters (1 porter for 2 pax) with their food, accommodation, salary and insurance.
  • Sleeping bag and duffel bag (to be returned).
  • Trekking map for a group and trekking achievement certificate.
  • First aid medical Kit.
  • All required permit for the trekking.
  • Government tax/vat and office service charge.

Cost Excludes

Exclusion:

  • International Airfare.
  • Personal insurance.
  • Major foods ( Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu).
  • Nepal entry visa fee 15 days 25$, 30 days 40$ and 90 days 100$.
  • Soft drinks, hard drinks and drinking water.
  • Entry fees of Kathmandu world heritage sites.
  • Personal trekking equipment and expenses.
  • Hot shower, Battery charge, Wi-Fi during the trekking period.
  • Tips and gratitude for the staffs.

You can trek the Annapurna Circuit with a Group or Solo

One can either trek with a Guide or Solo and mostly trekkers are confused about it weather to go on with an organised group or and go alone. 

Trekking the Annapurna Circuit with a Group

when you are hiking with a group, you're hiking with a team local guides and porters who will guide you through out the trek and carry all your heavy stuffs as well.

The Pros of Trekking in a Group is that : Everything (including teahouse, meals and accommodation, permits, etc) is organised for you by the trekking company. You don't need to carry your heavy bagpack either. You just need to cary a light daypack and walk along the path of Guide. 

The cons of trekking in a Group is that it can be more expensive than going it alone. You need to follow your Guide through out the trek.

Trekking the Annapurna Circuit Solo

It's not rare to see people trekking solo in the Annapurna Circuit by themselves, or hiking together in small groups.

The Annapurna Circuit trek is also one of Nepal's more popular routes, you'll find a lot of trekkers on the route following a similar path, so you won't feel alone during the walk and the teahouses are gonna be packed as you can buddy up and have some good time and walk together the next day.

The Pros of Trekking solo is: You have the freedom of everything without having to account for a group. It is a lot cheaper than booking through a tour company. Solo trekking during the day though there will be lot of trekkers on the way and a group atmosphere at the teahouses at night.

The Cons: You're responsible for carrying all your gears, finding teahouses, managing meals, accommodations. You might not get any rooms during the best season where the teahouses are booked a week before by travel companies. You will feel tired due to bagpack you carried the whole day. 

You are unaware about the potential dangerous areas in the trek. Some places may be prone to landslide, some may face AMS and unknown about the signs and symptoms. That might be dangerous!! 

Take only what you need in Annapurna Semi Ciruit Trek

Annapurna Semi Circuit Trek is long, hard and tough. Do not carry heavy bagpack behind carrying more clothes or accessories or unnecessary things. The bagpack also determines how easy or hard your trek is gonna be especially if you are trekking without Porter. Porters are the super human who carries all your stuff through out the trek with ease. But they are also human and might get injured too. So, help them out by strictly bringing only what you really need or let's say the most mandatory things you gonna need.

Accommodation on Annapurna Semi Circuit Trek

The Accommodation on the trek is more than decent. As, you ascend each day the accommodation gets basic due to the remote area and no real means of transportation. 

Guesthouses and teahouses are available through out the trek, starting from Besisahar all the way to Jomsom. They're generally made of rock and wood and provides a good and warm stay at the end of the day.

Rooms at each teahouse are generally twin share or with lage group sharing with enough space to spread out. But don't expect it be too cozy as five star stay having modern toilets. Most of tea houses include only the prices of meals, hot water you eat during the stay as they take very less room charge. The accommodation are basic and common in upper region Dal, Bhat and tarkari is what you get in dinner. Garlic Soup is most common as it is known to avoid AMS and other items like roti and bakery items are rarely available depending upon the teahouses. 

So, expect accommodation to be basic as you trek and gain altitude each day.

Annapurna Semi Circuit Trekking Packing List

Here's the handy checklist of every equipments you are advised to carry on this trek.

Equipments:

  • Boots.
  • Backpack.
  • Sleeping bag.
  • Trekking pole.
  • Head torch and spare batteries.
  • Power bank and charger.

Clothings:

  • Socks (woolen and normal socks).
  • Under garments.
  • Hiking pants.
  • Water proof jacket.
  • Down Jaket.
  • Sun hat and Scarf.
  • Hiking tops or warmer.

Accessories:

  • Sun glasses with UV protection.
  • Gloves.
  • Towel.
  • Water bottle.

Toiletries:

  • Shampoo.
  • Toothpaste and Toothbrush.
  • Sunscreen.
  • Lipbalm.
  • Toiletpaper or tissues.

The gear lists listed below are provided by Third Eye Adventure Pvt. Ltd as a part of your package.

  • Sleeping bag and Duffel bag ( to be returned).
  • First aid medical kits.

FAQ's Related to Annapurna Semi Circuit Trekking:

What are the permits required for Annapurna Semi Circuit Trekking?

There are two types of permits required for Annapurna Semi Circuit Trekking.

  1. TIMS card.
  2. ACAP Permit.

What Is the maximum altitude in Annapurna Semi Circuit Trekking?

The maximum altitude in the trek is 5416 m, Thorang La Pass. One of the longest pass in Nepal.

How Long will Annapurna Semi Circuit Take?

The duration of the trek is 14 Days. However, the itineraries can be customized based on the trekkers.

How Difficult is Annapurna Semi Circuit Trek?

Annapurna Semi Circuit Trekking is considered as a moderate level in terms of difficulty. Since the trek is long and you will be ascending each day up to the elevation of 5416 m, one should have a good trekking experience and physical fitness is a must.

What is the best time to go for Annapurna Semi Circuit Trekking?

The trek can be done throughout the year. But the best time for Annapurna Semi Circuit Trekking is Spring(March to May) and autumn(September to November).

Is there any risk of getting Altitude sickness in Annapurna semi circuit Trekking?

Yes, there is a high chance of getting altitude sickness in the trek ss you will be ascending and gaining heights each day during the trek. Acclimatization is the most especially when you are trekking up in high altitude. Different people react differently to Altitude and the symptoms may vary accordingly. It is better to consult with the doctors or you may seek consults from the locals as well.

Will I get safe drinking water in the trek?

Yes, you can get safe drinking water through out the trek in the teahouse or lodge where we will stay. The water coming out from the tap may not be good or pure. So you can either refill your water bottle from the teahouse or use water purifier instead.

What kind of Food will I get to have during Annapurna Semi Circuit Trekking?

You might have heard about “Dal Bhat”, which is the most popular and most commonly eaten food.and it is both fulfilling and healthy as well. You might not get to have a lot of modern items in the upper regions. You will get food items such as pasta, pancakes, bread, eggs, coffee, hot lemon, soup, tea etc.

Should I need to hire a guide/porter?

Well, that completely depends upon the trekkers. But hiring both a guide and porter are beneficial for trekkers. Hiring is a guide that is useful as they can guide you throughout the trek. They can arrange your accommodations and stay throughout the trek so you don't need to worry about that and just trek. They can teach you about the cultures of different places. Porters can be equally important for you on the trek as they carry your heavy weighted bags and you just have to carry lightweight. The heavy bag packs can be a burden for you on the trek. But make sure to provide the tips if you wish to hire a guide or porter directly to them rather than to t
he company.

What is the lodging type in the trek?

Annapurna Semi Circuit Trekking is a teahouse trek. you can get teahouses in every place. The teahouses are quite simple with simple meals and accommodations, but you will have a comfortable and warm stay in the teahouse. Don't expect that you will get an attached washroom in all of the teahouses.

How much money do I need for Annapurna Semi Circuit Trekking?

2000- 3000 NPR (approx. US$ 30) per day cost is fine for the trek including 3 times meal and room cost. There is a slight increase in the price of the meals at high altitudes as the charge of rooms is very less. But the meals are compulsory in the teahouse where you stay.