Annapurna Semi Circuit Trekking

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Overview of Annapurna Semi Circuit Trekking

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.

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  1. Annapurna Express Trek.
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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 are welcomed at the Tribhuwan international airport at Kathmandu. After completing all the formalities, respective hotel representative will take you the hotel. You can spend rest of the day by resting in the hotel. You will be served dinner at night.

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


Day 02: Kathmandu sightseeing
We make the visit exceptionally fascinating and authentic spots and world heritage Sites. Beginning from pasupati temple to investigating the old city of Kathmandu loaded with workmanship and specialty. Then at the old stupa, syambhunath known as monkey temple you will see countless monkeys. From their you will have an incredible perspective on the Kathmandu valley.

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


Day 03: Kathmandu to Besishahar about 6 hours drive.
Promptly toward the beginning of the day, we drive for Besishahar. While on a voyage of around 6 hours we will appreciate field Nepal, its greenery, streams, and slopes. We will go through a night in Besishahar.

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 pursue Marsyangdhi valley and it goes through numerous mountain towns and delightful view to the Chame (2670m/8757ft). It will experience an unpaved street by four-wheel jeep/nearby transport.

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


Day 05: Trek Chame to Pisang about 6 hours trek.
Your walk will begin from today. The trail will navigate through left half of the valley and after apple ranch town Bartang you will cross the suspension connect and after somewhat tough you will arrive at another lovely town called Dhikurpokhari. The walk will be extremely delightful and pleasant. You will see Annapurna ii, Annapurna iv and the Pisang top during the walk.

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 is the start of the upper area of the Manang region. On this day, the trek moves to Braga, a Tibetan styled town. The houses here are stacked upon one another shaping verandas with one another housetops. The principle fascination is the Gompa, the biggest in the region, with an immense range of statues in presentation and roosted on a high bank with the perspective on the whole town. Sooner or later we reach Manang, where we invigorate and go through the night.

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


Day 07: Manang acclimatization day.
Today we go through multi day acclimatizing in Manang. The entire day we spend by doing some fine day strolls and outlining the sublime perspectives around the town and the day time is ideal to pick up height. At the end of the day, we return back to our place and take a rest.

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


Day 08: Manang to Ledar about 5 hours trek.
Today we leave Manang, and the trail makes a climb of about 2000m to the Thorung La pass. We make the trip consistently through Tenki, leaving the Marsyangdhi Valley. Proceeding with the Jarsang Khola Valley, we reach Ledar at 4,250m, there we see the vegetation’s relentlessly increasingly inadequate. This is snow panther region.

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


Day 09: Ledar to high camp about 6 hours trek.
The trail slips to cross the waterway at 4,310m we at that point move up to Phedi at 4,420m. At High Camp at a rise of 4,600m, we can locate some great, as of late constructed Guesthouses. Your medium-term stay will be there or at Phedi relying upon how the elevation is influencing you.

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.
Trek begin early morning relying upon the season and cross through Thorung-La 5416m/17764ft world biggest pass. In the wake of intersection, the pass we will slip down. We can see the Dhaulagiri peak from the pass. We will arrive at the town called Chirabu at the base of the Pass and further more we will arrive at the settlement called Muktinath for medium-term remain. We likely visit Muktinath sanctuary or we can defer the visit for next morning. This day we can see couple of mountains like Thorung crest, Dhaulagiri, 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.
The walk will be down until we arrive at the spot called Kagbeni. The walk will be progressively decent with changing landscape and the excellent medieval town like Jharkot, Kagbeni. After Kagbeni the walk will be through the valley and now you have entered the breezy valley so you need to set yourself up for conceivable hard breezing. You can see Nilgiri north, Tukuche top, Dhaulagiri massif during the day.

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


Day 12: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara about 25 minutes.
We get a trip to Pokhara from Jomsom. Pokhara is a city of lake where you can make the most of your recreation time meandering around lakeside. Or on the other hand, in the event that you need to fly Kathmandu, at that point you will likewise get non-stop departure from Jomsom.

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


Day 13: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu about 7 hours drive.
In the wake of investing noteworthy energy in Pokhara, we will drive to Kathmandu which takes around 6 hours by a visitor transport. Today you can simply unwind in the lodging or go for shopping. Medium-term in Kathmandu.

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


Day 14: Final Departure
Experience in Nepal reaches an end today. Today is free or a minute ago you have couple of hours unique looking for your relatives and exchange messages and sort out your photograph. We will drop you to the International airport get your trip back to your home and wish for your Safe journey. On your way home you’ll have a lot of time to design your next experience in the magnificent nation of Nepal.

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.

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.