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Short Annapurna Circuit trek

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Duration
10 days
Max. Elevation
5416m
Group Size
2-30 pax
Level
DIFFICULT
Transportation
Private Vechiles
Best Season
Sept, Oct, Nov, March, April and May
Accomodation
3*** Hotel in Kathmandu/ Tea house During Trek
Meals
Breakfast in Kathmandu and Meals during the Trek (BLD)
Starts at
Kathmandu
Ends at
Kathmandu
Trip Route
Kathmandu - Besisahar - Chame - Pisang - Manang - Yak Kharka - Thorong high -Thorong Phedi - Muktinath via Thorong La Pass - Jomsom - Pokhara by flight (25 mins) - Kathmandu

Highlights

  • Traverse subtropical forests, terraced fields, alpine meadows, and high desert landscapes 
  • Engage with Gurung, Thakali, and Manangi ethnic groups in authentic traditional villages.
  • Explore Chame and Pisang, representing the cultural and architectural diversity of the region.
  • Cross the Marsyangdi River via scenic suspension bridges, adding an adventurous touch to the trek.
  • Conquer the challenging pass for breathtaking panoramic views of  Annapurna and  Dhaulagiri  ranges.
  • Visit the sacred pilgrimage site featuring 108 water spouts and eternal flames.
  • Experience the windswept town of Jomsom, known for apple orchards, and the medieval-style village of Kagbeni.
  • Relax in natural hot springs at Tatopani, a soothing reward for the trek's physical demands.
  • Immerse in diverse cultures along the trail, each village offering unique customs and traditions.
  • Stay in traditional teahouses, providing a cultural and cozy overnight experience.
  • Marvel at the world's deepest gorge, the Kali Gandaki Gorge, while descending towards Jomsom.
  • Indulge in Nepali and Tibetan cuisine, offering a taste of the region's distinct flavors.
  • Encounter various trekking challenges, from river crossings to high-altitude ascents, enhancing the adventure.
  • Admire the natural beauty of landscapes, transitioning from lush greenery to the stark beauty of higher altitudes.
  • Prioritize acclimatization for a safer and more enjoyable trek, especially if ascending to  Thorong La Pass.


In the midst of the breathtaking Himalayas, where giants like Annapurna and  Dhaulagiri rise for the sky, lies a trekking experience that welcomes explorers looking for a short but deeply satisfying journey. The Short Annapurna Circuit, which takes only eight days, delivers a flurry of various landscapes, cultural immersion, and the thrill of climbing the difficult  Thorong La Passas the walk begins, hikers are welcomed with the promise of breathtaking natural splendor.


The path unfolds like a captivating tapestry, winding through subtropical woods ornamented with brilliant rhododendrons and terraced farms farmed with unwavering determination by local populations. This shortened journey is a mini of the lengthier  Annapurna Circuit, yet it captures the spirit of the Himalayas in an incredibly engaging way.


The region's cultural richness emerges when trekkers pass through traditional communities, where echoes of ancient rituals and varied ethnic cultures reverberate throughout time. Chame and Pisang, two crucial settlements along the journey, serve as portals to a world in which architectural styles reflect harsh nature and hospitality beyond language.


At the core of the expedition is the difficult Thorong La Pass, a physical struggle that rewards with an amazing view. Trekkers stand at 5,416 meters above sea level, surrounded by a 360-degree view of towering peaks, a moment of victory set against the backdrop of the world's most stunning mountain ranges.


The walk drops from the heights of Thorong La to the spiritual sanctuary of Muktinath, where a sacred pilgrimage site merges in with the rugged scenery. Jomsom, a windswept the village with apple fruit trees, and Kagbeni, a historic settlement trapped in time, provide insights into the traditional Himalayan way of life. As the climb winds down, Tatopani's natural hot springs give a well-deserved break, a chance to reflect on the trials overcome and the memories made against the background of the towering hills. The Short Annapurna Circuit is more than simply a walk; it's a transforming experience that combines the beauty of nature with the cultural richness created by the hardy inhabitants that live in this harsh area.


Overview

Introduction: 
The walk offers amazing views that differ with every turn. The  Annapurna Circuit Short Trek takes you through subtropical woods, terraced farmland, alpine fields, and high desert landscape. The first part of the route takes hikers through rich temperate woods, filled with the smell of flowering rhododendrons. Terraced fields emerge as the rise continues, demonstrating the tenacity of the indigenous population that cultivate food on these steep hills. The transformation to alpine meadows is gradual but significant, with fresher air and panoramic vistas of snow-capped peaks like as Annapurna and  Dhaulagiri .

This trek allows us to discover the diverse culture and nature of  Annapurna region. Finally this trek takes us to Manang, Jomsom and the Muktinath regions that comprise some of the most popular trekking destinations of the country. Since, It’s an ideal trek for those who want to explore the richness of  Annapurna region in detail. Since it’s in terms of cultural, religious or natural diversity of the region. The windiest town of Nepal habituated by the Thakali origin of People is Jomsom. The trip ends at the starting point of Upper Mustang Trekking in Nepal as well.

An idyllic option for spending your long holiday amidst the Himalayas, Annapurna Circuit Trek brings to the experience of traversing through the high and low lands of Annapurna Region in central part of Nepal. If you think this 8 days short trek is too short for you in addition you  can choose from other longer  trekking options for  Annapurna Region designed by  Bharal Adventure. Therefore,  Bharal Adventure assure’s you best hospitality and quality services. Travel with the local experts who are reliable and would be able to make the journey worth. So, Get it now.


Cultural Richness:
Embedded within the landscape are traditional villages, each a repository of unique cultures. Gurung, Thakali, and Manangi ethnic groups welcome trekkers with warm hospitality.  Chame and  Pisang, two key villages along the route, showcase distinct architectural styles and cultural practices. The trail becomes a cultural tapestry, weaving stories of ancient traditions and a way of life that has endured for generations.

Thorong La Pass is the highest point of the journey, reaching 5,416 meters. This challenging but rewarding ascent provides trekkers with an amazing 360-degree view of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges. The air is thin, but the feeling of accomplishment is obvious as hikers stand on the world's roof, surrounded by majestic mountains. The route from the pass goes to  Muktinath Temple, a holy pilgrimage place for Hindus and Buddhists alike. The temple complex, complete with 108 water spouts and perpetual fires, serves as a spiritual intermission before continuing on to  Jomsom. This windy hamlet, noted for its apple farms, and Kagbeni, an old village with ancient beauty, provide different equally captivating experiences.

Tatopani Hot Springs and Final Reflections:
The walk ends with a relaxing stop in Tatopani, where natural hot springs provide comfort for exhausted muscles. As trekkers relax in the warm springs, surrounded by the breath-taking majesty of the Himalayas, they consider on their experience. The Short Annapurna Circuit is more than just a trip; it's a transforming experience that will leave an unforgettable impact on your spirit.

The eight-day walk presents both hardships and rewards. River crossings, high-altitude ascents, and the unpredictable alpine weather need physical endurance and mental toughness. However, it is precisely these challenges that raise the voyage beyond a holiday; it becomes a test of one's boundaries and a chance for personal development.

Conclusion:
The Annapurna Circuit Short 8-Day Trek in Nepal's Himalayas showcases the country's rich natural and cultural heritage. It is a landscape symphony, a celebration of diversity, and a monument to the resilience of individuals who live in these mountains. For those who go on this expedition, the experiences made in the mountains become treasured keepsakes, a reminder that the journey is just as essential as the destination.

Insurance
Travel insurance is required for all clients taking any trip. It should give enough security for the whole tour, including personal harm, medical expenditures, repatriation fees, helicopter rescue, and luggage loss. Make sure your insurance coverage covers altitudes up to 2500-5000 meters.

Guide and Porter
We give an experienced, competent, and honest guide with strong communication abilities in English to make your trip unforgettable. The guide will give detailed knowledge on the mountains, their history, cultures, traditions, and much more. We will supply one porter for two passengers. The porters are both helpful and powerful, and they can lift up to 25 kg together. After providing the greatest services and working hard in the mountains, guides and porters expect a gratuity from you. Tipping culture is particularly popular in the travel industry.

Altitude Sickness
Altitude sickness, commonly known as Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), is a pathogenic impact of high altitude on humans induced by acute exposure to low oxygen partial pressure at high altitudes. It is often found over 3000 meters. It appears as a collection of nonspecific symptoms acquired at high altitude or in low air pressure, mimicking "flu, carbon monoxide poisoning, or a hangover". However, most individuals can easily ascend to 3000 meters.

To avoid altitude sickness, ascend gently. Avoiding vigorous exercise, such as skiing or trekking, during the first 24 hours at high altitude, helps to alleviate AMS symptoms. Alcohol and sleeping drugs are respiratory depressants, which impede the acclimatization process and should be avoided. Alcohol also causes dehydration, which exacerbates AMS. Thus, Bharal Adventure strongly advises against consuming alcohol during the first 24-48 hours at a higher altitude. Bharal Adventure guides and porters are well-versed on this issue thanks to their extensive expertise. They are all skilled in basic medical procedures and can undoubtedly assist you.

Primary Symptoms of Altitude Sickness:

    1. Lack of appetite, nausea, or vomiting
    2. Fatigue or weakness
    3. Dizziness or lightheadedness
    4. Swelling of hands, feet, and face
    5. Insomnia
    6. Shortness of breath upon exertion
    7. Nosebleed
    8. Persistent rapid pulse
    9. Drowsiness
    10. General malaise


Prevention:

To avoid altitude sickness, ascend gently. Avoiding vigorous exercise, such as skiing or trekking, during the first 24 hours at high altitude, helps to alleviate AMS symptoms. Alcohol and sleeping drugs are respiratory depressants, which impede the acclimatization process and should be avoided. Alcohol also causes dehydration, which exacerbates AMS. Thus, Marvel Adventure strongly advises against consuming alcohol during the first 24-48 hours at a higher altitude .Bharal Adventure guides and porters are well-versed on this issue thanks to their extensive expertise. They are all skilled in basic medical procedures and can undoubtedly assist you.

Trip Itinerary

A representative from Bharal Adventure will pick up the guests at the airport and escort them to their hotel. They will be explained about the program for their journey, however, no activities are planned for the day. Nevertheless, an evening stroll could be arranged if the guests show an interest.

Accomodation

3*** Hotel

Meals

Bed and Breakfast
  • Private  car or Van from Kathmandu- Besisahar - Chame to begin your trip. There is a mix of rural and urban scenery during the road trip.

Besisahar to Chame: 

  • Your journey's hiking phase starts at Besisahar. To shorten the first walking distance, you might hike or rent a local vehicle to Syange. Along the Marsyangdi River, the journey from Syange to Chame travels through verdant forests, terraced farmland, and charming villages. Along the route, Tal and Pisang are noteworthy locations.
Gain in Altitude:
  • Chame's height is around 2,710 meters (8,891 feet), which is a significant increase from the lower regions.

Duration:

  •  There is no set amount of time needed to get from Kathmandu to Chame. Depending on your speed, the road trip from Kathmandu to Besisahar takes around 4–5 hours. While from Besisahar to Chame it takes around 3-4 hours

Advice:

  • Make sure you have all the equipment's required to hike in the Annapurna zone. Take break days as needed to ensure that you are fully acclimated to the increased altitude .Be ready for weather variations, particularly as you ascend higher in the sky. The Annapurna Circuit walk, which includes the Kathmandu to Chame route, is known for its diverse landscapes and incredible views of the mountains. 

Tips:

  • Ensure you have the necessary permits for trekking in the Annapurna region.
  • Acclimatize properly to the increasing altitude by taking rest days as needed.
  • Be prepared for changes in weather conditions, especially as you gain altitude.

Max. altitude

2,710

Accomodation

Tea house

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner during the trek
  • A lovely section of the Annapurna Circuit hike that offers breathtaking views of the Himalayas is the walk from Chame to Pisang. Private car access to this portion of the route is not direct, thus most people choose to walk it. This is the route for trekking:

Trek from Chame to Pisang:

  • Around 13 kilometers (8 miles) in length.

The Environment:

  • There are both uphill and downhill portions of the path, and there are regular views of the surrounding mountains as well as woods and quaint villages.

Trek to Chame

Pisang:

  • At last, you will reach Pisang, a lovely community surrounded by breathtaking scenery. Pisang is separated into two distinct areas, Upper Pisang (Gyaru) and Lower Pisang, each with its own special beauty.

Advice:

  • As you increase in altitude, give yourself enough time to adjust. Enjoy the amazing panoramas of the Manaslu and Annapurna mountain ranges. Engage in conversation with locals to learn about their hospitality and culture. Remember that hiking schedules might change according on your fitness levels and the state of the weather. 

Max. altitude

3,250

Accomodation

Teahouse

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner during the trek

Manang:

  • Continue the trek to Manang, a charming village at an elevation of around 3,540 meters. Manang is an essential acclimatization break and provides amazing views of the Annapurna and Gangapurna mountains.

Guidance: 

  • As you go to greater altitudes, take your time and thoroughly adjust. Discover Braga's religious and cultural landmarks, such as the Braga Monastery. 
  • For the most recent information on trail conditions and any developments that may affect your walk, always consult guides. For a safe and pleasurable walk in the Himalayas, proper acclimatization, water, and an easier climb are highly recommended.

Max. altitude

3,519

Accomodation

Teahouse

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner during the trek

Another interesting part of the Annapurna Circuit trip is the journey from Manang to Yak Kharka, which passes through breathtaking scenery and higher heights. An outline of this section is as follows:

Distance:

  • Approximately 9 kilometers (5.6 miles).

Environment:

  • The path offers beautiful views of the surrounding mountains and involves a steady rise through alpine terrain.

Starting your journey from Manang: 

  • Make sure you have had enough time to adjust to the higher altitude before setting out on your walk.

Gunsang Village:

  • Trek through Gunsang Village, a little community surrounded by majestic mountains and  teahouses.

Yak Kharka:

  • Continue climbing to arrive at Yak Kharka, a higher altitude grazing region for cattle, including yaks. The scenery turns more rocky and alpine, with little flora.

Advice:

  • Drink plenty of water and move at a moderate pace to aid with acclimatization. Ascending, take in the views of the Annapurna and Gangapurna peaks. Expect a decrease in temperature, particularly as you ascend .A mandatory acclimatization stop on route to Thorong La Pass is Yak Kharka. It's critical to pay attention to your body, adapt gradually, and recognize any symptoms of altitude sickness. To find out the most recent trail conditions and any updates that might impact your experience, always consult guides.

Max. altitude

4000

Accomodation

Teahouse

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner during the trek

An important part of the Annapurna Circuit that brings you closer to the high-altitude Thorong La Pass is the hike from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi. 

Yak Kharka to Phedi Thorong Distance :

  • About five kilometers (3.1 miles) is the distance.

   Environment:

  • Thorong Phedi, at a height of around 4,450 meters (14,600 feet), is reached via a difficult rise on the path.

Departure from Yak Kharka: 

  • Start your hike there, making sure you've had enough time to adjust to the higher altitude.

Thorong Phedi Ascent:

  • The route winds over rocky and harsh landscape as it gradually ascends towards Thorong Phedi. The journey gets harder as you get closer to Thorong Phedi.

Arrive to Thorong Phedi:

  • A small village that acts as the starting point for those aiming to climb Thorong La Pass. Thorong Phedi offers simple places to stay for hikers getting ready for the pass.

Advice:

  • As you rise to higher altitudes, exercise caution and pay attention to any symptoms of altitude sickness. Be aware to your body, move slowly, and drink plenty of water. Make sure you are dressed appropriately for the lower temperatures seen at higher elevation. At 5,416 meters (17,769 feet) above sea level, the pass is among the highest hiking passes in the world. Before trying the pass, always confirm with  guides and consider the weather.

Max. altitude

4,880

Accomodation

Teahouse

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner during the trek
  • The journey across Thorong La Pass, which connects Thorong Phedi and Muktinath, is one of the most difficult and satisfying sections of the Annapurna Circuit. A significant accomplishment is making it across Thorong La Pass, and the trip to Muktinath leads to a renowned pilgrimage location.

 

Distance:

  • Approximately 18 kilometers (11.2 miles).
  • The elevation of Thorong La Pass is 5,416 meters (17,769 ft).

 

Early Start:

  • To make the most of the daylight hours and to avoid bad weather that might develop later in the day, We will start the walk as early as possible in the morning.

Thorong La Pass Ascent:

  • Depending on the season, the path winds up an uphill climb over rocky terrain and snow towards Thorong La Pass. Be aware of the signals, move slowly, and drink plenty of water.

Thorong La Pass Summit:

  • Reach the summit of Thorong La Pass, marked by prayer flags and breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding peaks. This is the highest point on the Annapurna Circuit trek.
  • Descend from Thorong La Pass to Muktinath, a holy settlement .The descent is a lengthy, rocky path across different landscapes.

Arrive to Muktinath:

  • A major pilgrimage place for Hindus and Buddhists. Explore the Muktinath Temple and the other holy attractions.

Tips:

  •  Be well-acclimatized before trying Thorong La Pass. Cover in layers since the weather may change dramatically, and it can be cold at higher elevations. Carry enough water and food for the difficult climb and descent. This leg of the hike is physically difficult and demands careful planning. Before climbing Thorong La Pass, speak with your guide, check the weather, and be aware of any potential risks. Always highlight safety and acclimatization on this difficult section of the Annapurna Circuit.

Max. altitude

5416

Accomodation

Teahouse

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner during the trek
  • The trek from Muktinath to Jomsom is a downhill journey that takes you through diverse landscapes, including the sacred site of Muktinath and the windswept region around Jomsom. Here's an overview of this segment:

Muktinath to Jomsom:

Distance: Approximately 19 kilometers (11.8 miles).

Departure from Muktinath:

  • Start your trek from Muktinath, a sacred pilgrimage site for Hindus and Buddhists.

Ranipauwa:

  • Trek down to Ranipauwa, a village near Muktinath, offering views of the Mustang region.

Kagbeni:

  • Pass through Kagbeni, a medieval village with a unique atmosphere. Kagbeni is known for its ancient architecture and cultural heritage.

Marpha:

  • Trek to Marpha, a charming village famous for its apple orchards and traditional white-washed houses. Marpha is also known for its production of apple brandy.

Jomsom:

  • Finally, reach Jomsom, the administrative center of the Mustang region. Jomsom is a major hub for trekking and has an airport connecting to Pokhara.

Tips:

  • Enjoy the diverse landscapes, from the arid regions near Muktinath to the apple orchards of Marpha. Explore Kagbeni and its ancient architecture. Jomsom offers facilities like hotels, restaurants, and the convenience of air travel to Pokhara. This part of the trek involves a mix of cultural exploration and natural beauty. Be mindful of weather conditions, especially in the afternoons when winds can pick up in the Kali Gandaki Valley. As always, check with local guides for the latest trail conditions and any updates that might affect your journey.

Max. altitude

2,743

Accomodation

Teahouse

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner during the trek

  • Certainly, if you're planning to fly from Jomsom to Pokhara and then take a local bus from Pokhara to Kathmandu, here's a brief overview:

Jomsom to Pokhara (Flight):

  • Take a domestic flight from Jomsom to Pokhara. This short flight provides spectacular views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges.
  • The flight takes approximately 25 minutes, landing at Pokhara Airport.

 Pokhara to Kathmandu (Drive):

  • Upon arrival in Pokhara, We will take a local bus for the road journey to Kathmandu.
  • The drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu takes several hours, traveling along the Prithvi Highway.

Tips:

  • Domestic flights in the Himalayan region are weather-dependent, so it's advisable to check for weather updates and be prepared for potential delays. The road journey from Pokhara to Kathmandu offers scenic views of hills, rivers, and rural landscapes. Local buses may vary in terms of comfort and travel time, so be prepared for a diverse travel experience. Ensure that you check the availability of local transportation options and consider factors such as travel time and comfort. It's always a good idea to have some flexibility in your schedule, especially when relying on flights and local transportation in Nepal. Additionally, verify the latest information with local authorities and transportation providers.

Accomodation

3*** Hotel in Kathmandu

Meals

Breakast

A Bharal Adventure representative arrives to accompany the guests to the airport about three hours leading up to their departure after exchanging emails, photographs, and good-natured greetings and serving breakfast.

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Includes

  • Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private, Tourist Bus and Local  vehicle as per the itinerary
  • An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek guide and assistant trek guide (10 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
  • Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation
  • Sleeping bag (to be returned after trip completion)
  • Bharal adventure’s trekking bag/duffel bag and t-shirt is yours to take
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (ACAP, TIMS)
  • All government and local taxes

Doesn't Include

  • Nepalese visa fee
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s)

Reviews

Annapurna Circuit Trek with Bharal Adventures!!

went to the Annapurna circuit trek with my friends recently, I must say what a wonderful experience I had and probably the best Nepal trek I have done out of the 5 treks I have done before. Everything was handled with care, whether it's the selection of tea houses or providing delicious food at the height of 5000 m which is not all easy to provide, so Kudos to Bharal adventures. Lastly a special mention for Arjun dai for guiding us well throughout the trek, during the pass (Thorong La 5416 M) ascent he motivated us a lot so that we feel less difficult. Thank you Bharal adventures.

reyan h
United States

Great experience with experienced tour operator !!

Incredible trip in Annapurna Circuit to Tilicho Lake and Thorong La Pass. Extremely helpful organisation, best value for money I've seen in Nepal. Would 100% recommend.

Mark
France

My go-to trekking guides in Nepal

Bharal adventure were, simply put, the best. I found Deepak's contact details online and from the very first WhatsApp message it was clear I'd come to the right place. They're reliable, punctual, well organized and take care of everything, paying attention to all of the small details For my first trek in Nepal (I did the Annapurna Circuit), everything was perfect. I particularly enjoyed trekking with our guide Deepak who was highly knowledgeable, great fun and super chill. It felt like trekking with another friend, but he was always on the ball when it came to the logistics (ordering food at the teahouses, picking the best place to stay, knowing what to do with symptoms of altitude sickness) I can't recommend them enough and will be using Bharal Adventure each and every time I return to Nepal 👍🏼

Josh E
Italy

The Annapurna Circuit with the best!

I first used Bharal Adventures three years ago when Arjun was my guide for my Everest Base camp trek. Arjun was very geniune, friendly and knowledgeable about the area and I felt very relaxed and in good hands. I adored the holiday and the beauty of the Himalayas so decided to return to Nepal again. This time to trek in the Annapurna region. I of course chose Bharal Adventures to be our tour guide company again. This again has been a fantastic experience. The weather was unusually heavily snowy at times and meant that we had to turn around and change our plans slightly, which Arjun coped with very well. He was very flexible and accommodating and always tried his best to make us feel comfortable and enjoy our trip to the fullest. I would recommend this company and this guide to anyone. He loves his country, its mountains and his job and it shows. A thoroughly great holiday, thank you Arjun and Bharal

Jill S
United Kingdom

Excellent 12-day Annapurna circuit Trek with Deepak Dhakal

My wife and I did the Annapurna Circuit with a friend and Deepak. It was our first guided trek and was a positive experience because Deepak felt more like a friend than just a guide. We played cards and enjoyed a few drinks together most evenings. Deepak knew the route well, and transportation and logistics went smoothly. He was also flexible in accommodating our requests and changing plans as needed. I highly recommend Deepak, particularly for a 20s or 30s aged group who want a relatable guide.

David E
Australia

Annapurna circuit in october 2017

I did the Annapurna circuit trek in the in October 2017 from Chame to Muktinath with Deepak Dhakal. About him I can only say good)) He worked as porter with me and now he is about to be guide I am very happy to hear that. Cheerful, sympathetic, always support and help, with a good sense of humor. Even my bad English did not become an obstacle. I recommend to all. And when in a couple of years I'll get to base camp Everest, first thing I'll call Deepak ))

Рустам Х
Russian Federation
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Equipment List

This list is a guideline to help you pack for your adventure. Also understand that the items listed below will vary a little according to the season and the trek duration. Those items marked by an asterisk are provided by Bharal Adventure inclusive in the service. The weight limit for your luggage is 33 pounds or 15 kg. Remember that your luggage will be carried by your porter but you are required to carry a day-pack (with your valuables or anything important) on your own. We also suggest that you pack only what is necessary.

Important documents and items
  • Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
  • Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
  • Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
  • Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc.
Head
  • Bandana or head scarf, also useful for dusty conditions
  • Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
  • Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Prescription sunglasses (if required)
Upper Body
  • Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down vest and/or jacket
  • Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable
Hands
  • 1 pair of lightweight poly-liner gloves.
  • 1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves
  • 1 pair of mittens, consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal)
 Lower Body
  • Non-cotton underwear briefs
  • 1 pair of Hiking shorts
  • 1 pair of Hiking trousers
  • 1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
  • 1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers
  • 1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric
Feet
  • 2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
  • 2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
  • 1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, “broken in”)
  • 1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
  • Cotton socks (optional)
  • Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version
Sleeping
  • 1 sleeping bag (good to -10 degrees C or 14 degrees F)*
  • Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)
Rucksack and Travel Bags
  • 1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carryon)
  • 1 large duffel bag *
  • A small daypack/backpack for carrying your valuables, should have good shoulder padding
  • Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
  • 2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)
Medical
  • Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light)
  • Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
  • 1 skin-blister repair kit
  • Anti-diarrhea pills
  • Anti-headache pills
  • Cough and/or cold medicine
  • Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
  • Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
  • Water purification tablets or water filter
  • 1 set of earplugs
  • Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies
Practical Items
  • 1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing-repair kit
  • 1 cigarette lighter, 1 small box of matches
  • 1 compass or GPS(optional)
  • 1 alarm clock/watch
  • 1 digital camera with extra cards and batteries
  • large Ziplocs
  • 2 water bottles (1 liter each)
  • 1 small folding knife
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • 4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks
Toiletries
  • 1 medium-sized quick drying towel
  • Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Multi-purpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
  • Deodorants
  • Nail clippers
  • Face and body moisturizer
  • Female hygiene products
  • Small mirror
Personal Hygiene
  • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
  • Tissue /toilet roll
  • Anti-bacterial hand wash
Extras/Luxuries
  • Reading book
  • Trail map/guide book
  • Journal and pen
  • iPod
  • Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards (to help you pass the time at teahouses and/or camps)
  • 1 modest swim suit
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
  • Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
  • Lightweight pillow case (in case your teahouses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow

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