Trek the Annapurna Circuit

Trek the diverse trails and ever-changing landscape of the bedazzling Annapurna region. 19 days.

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Trek the Annapurna Circuit

Trek the diverse trails and ever-changing landscape of the bedazzling Annapurna region. 19 days.

The Annapurna Circuit Trek has proved to be one of the most highly praised and spectacular trekking routes in the Himalayas since it opened to foreign trekkers in 1977. This magnificent trek takes you to the Thorong-La Pass at 5614m, then descends down the valley of Kali Gandaki - the deepest gorge in the world (three times deeper than the Grand Canyon) - and finally onto hot springs for some R&R. Your hassle-free adventure includes:

  • 18 days of trekking
  • 17 nights of accommodation along the trek
  • 1 night of accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Local, professional English-speaking guides
  • Porter on 2:1 basis
  • All meals during the trek
  • Welcome dinner in Kathmandu
  • Permits and entrance fees
  • Transfers from Kathmandu to Besisahar
  • Airport transfers

Perfect for:
Experienced hikers who want to immerse themselves in the stunning Himalayan mountains - as well as tick one of the most famous treks worldwide off the bucket list.

What to Expect

Day 1: Arrival and overnight in Kathmandu

Once you arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM), your host will pick you up via private vehicle and drop you at your hotel. After checking in, you will have a 5:00 pm pre-departure meeting with the guides to run through the final plans and arrangements for the upcoming trek.

Day 2: Drive to Besisahar, trek to Bulbule

After breakfast, you will drive for 178 km around the beautiful lakeside sceneries before reaching Besisahar in time for lunch.

From here, the real trek will start as we head to Bulbule (790m) for the first night in local lodges, called Tea Houses.

3 hours of hiking

Day 3: Bulbule to Jagat

Our trail follows the Marshyandi River as it winds through waterfalls, rice field terraces and the subtropical forest.

After 3 hours we will reach Bahundanda, for our pitstop. We continue our trek for two hours to reach Jagat (1300m) where we stay at a local lodge.

5 hours of hiking

Day 4: Jagat to Dharapani

The trail continues out of Jagat, following a rocky path alongside the waterfalls. This leads us into the Manang District, one of the most beautiful hidden valleys in the Himalayan Mountains.

The trail was used to transport thousands of sheep and yak over hundred of years, so it’s only right that we follow in their steps until we reach Dharapani (1860m) for our overnight stay in a tea house.

6 hours of hiking

Day 5: Dharapani to Chame

Today our aim will be to trek to Chame (2760m), the headquarter of Manang District, situated on the banks of the Marshyandi River.

It will take 5 hours to ascend through the oak and pine forests, and across the beautiful Latamanang and Koto villages.

5 hours of hiking

Day 6: Chame to Pisang

Today’s trek will be slightly more challenging as the trail climbs along rocky steep paths through the forest. This route, however, offers some of the most magnificent views of Pisang Peak, Annapurna II and the waterfalls near Brothan Village.

The day will end in Pisang (3200m), where we will spend the night.

6 hours of hiking

Day 7: Pisang to Manang

From Pisang, the trail climbs through glorious Yak pastures, crop fields and even past a Tibetan monastery where we will stop to take in the views of Annapurna II, II and IV.

If you can drag yourself away from the incredible mountaintops, we will continue onto Manang (3540m) where our accommodation awaits.

5 hours of hiking

Day 8: Acclimatisation and Exploration at Manang

To avoid altitude sickness, it’s vital to acclimatise before proceeding to the higher levels. Lucky for you, we have planned this stop to include trips to Bhojo Gompa, Gangapurna Lake and even the glaciers.

There is also the option to visit the Himalayan Rescue Association post if you are interested in learning more about the amazing work they do to prevent casualties in the Himalayas.

Day 9: Manang to Yak Kharka

After breakfast at Manang, you will start to trek up to Yak Kharka (4050m), which is the joining place for trekkers heading to Thorong-La Pass.

We will spend the night here swapping stories (and photos) with other trekkers along the way!

5 hours hiking

Day 10: Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorung Phedi Base Camp

From Yak Kharka, we will continue to trek towards Thorung Phedi Base Camp (4450m) slowly, to avoid altitude sickness. We follow the Jorsang River until eventually descending down a narrow path and reaching our final overnight before reaching the peak!

5 hours hiking

Day 11: Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo

Today will probably be the most challenging - and rewarding - day as we trek through the Thorong-La Pass which stands at 5416m, making it the highest navigable pass in the world. It takes 4 hours to reach, but as they say, good things come to those who wait…

Not only does the pass have amazing panoramic views of high desert mountains along the Kaligandaki valley but it feels although the mountains split down either side of you!

From here, the trail descends downwards to Muktinath (3760m) our rest point for the day. Muktinath is a holy place of Hinduism and Buddhism, so it is the perfect place to enjoy the tranquillity of the mountains.

8-11 hours hiking

Day 12: Muktinath to Kagbeni

Today, our descent continues along the Kaligandaki River with magnificent views of Mount Annapurna and Dhaulagiri.

Our overnight is in Kagbeni (2810m), a gateway to the Upper Mustang. As it does not take too long to reach, you’ll have the chance to visit the local community and even try their famous apple delicacies!

3 hours of hiking

Day 13: Kagbeni to Marpha

We start our trek after breakfast - hopefully, laden with apples - and head towards Jomsom where we will stop for lunch and explore the local bazaar.

As we continue on to Marpha (2670m) following the Kaligandaki river, you might even stumble upon some fossils on the bankside…

5 hours of hiking

Day 14: Marpha to Larjung

Today, you’ll pass through the traditional architecture of some of the villages along the Kaligandaki river. Once we arrive in Larjung (2550m), you’ll be able to enjoy a traditional Nepali dinner before catching an early night.

5 hours of hiking

Day 15: Larjung to Ghasa

Our trek continues passing through traditional villages along the Kaligandaki river. The inhabitants you’ll meet always have a smile on their faces and this just epitomises the Nepali way of life. You might even might some of your guides’ families along the way.

5 hours of hiking

Day 16: Ghasa to Tatopani

Today you will reach one of the trekker highlights - the natural hot springs amongst the pine trees in Tatopani (1190m).

In the evening, you’ll be able to relax and unwind in the natural thermals as we’ll spend the night here, so don’t forget your swimsuit!

5 hours of hiking

Day 17: Tatopani to Ghorepani

As we slowly start to contour upwards to our overnight stop, you will be greeted with stunning views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri which will welcome you into the quaint village of Ghorepani (2860m).

Here, you will meet the Magar people and be immersed in their culture and traditions.

6 hours of hiking

Day 18: Ghorepani to Tikhedhunga

Your penultimate day of trekking will start with the 40-minute hike to Poon Hill (3210m) through rhododendron forests to view breathtaking Mountains like Dhaulagiri, Tukuche Peak, Nilgiri, Baraha Shikar, Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Annapurna III, Machhapuchhere, and so on.

The sunrise over the mountains today will certainly be the cherry on top of your almost 3-week long trek. Let it all sink in, before heading back to camp for breakfast.

We will trek into the deep forests until we reach Banthanti, where we will continue down the stony steps until your last night in Tikhedhunga.

5 hours of hiking

Day 19: Tikhedhunga to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara

Enjoy your last three hours of hiking with the company of waterfalls and lush forests! We will stop at Naya Pul (1070m) where your ride will take you back to Pokhara.

Spend your last night however you would like - be it celebrating in the bars, relaxing by the river or maybe just catching up on sleep!

Note: The actual itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, weather conditions and forecasts, special events, etc.

Accommodation

Generally, most adventures to Nepal are based in remote areas where the accommodation will be basic. We have different star hotels available in the city area but during the trek, we will be staying at tea houses. They have dorm rooms, shared toilets and common areas. There’s no heating, so you need a sleeping bag. Wifi is often available for a small cost, and many places offer hot showers for a small surcharge.

In Kathmandu, you’ll stay at the centrally situated hotel. The en-suite rooms offer air-conditioning, satellite television and wifi. Should you wish to treat yourself to a more comfortable place in Kathmandu, just let your host know and they will upgrade you to stay at the renown Kathmandu Guest House. The hotel is located in the heart of Thamel, close to the shopping centres and the heritage sites. The en-suite rooms offer air-conditioning, satellite television, 24/7 room service, and a balcony to look over the city.

Dates & Prices

Please note: Flights are NOT included and must be purchased separately.

Optional Extras

Make your life easy. Once you have reserved your space, your host can help you arrange the extras you’ll need. Here are some guide prices which can be confirmed with you during booking.

Upgrade to KGH Hotel in Kathmandu Payable Before Departure
Upgrade to KGH Hotel in Kathmandu £20.00
Additional Day of Sightseeing in Kathmandu Payable Before Departure
Additional Day of Sightseeing in Kathmandu £65.00
Additional Night in Kathmandu Payable Before Departure
Additional Night in Pokhara £30.00
Additional Night in Kathmandu £25.00
Additional Night Accommodation Payable Before Departure
Additional Night Accommodation £50.00
Transfer Kathmandu - Pokhara Payable Before Departure
Flight ( 35min, incredibly scenic) £100.00
Private Vehicle (offers the most flexibiity) £55.00

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Location

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Kathmandu is famed for its World Heritage sights with include of the holiest Hindu temples and one of the largest Buddhist Stupas in the world. Despite the 2015 earthquake which brought devastation to parts of the city, the heart of Kathmandu is as intoxicating and exciting as ever.

Annapurna Base Camp (4130m) is incredibly unique and jaw-droppingly spectacular as it has panoramic views of the surrounding mountain range. From the camp, you can see the peaks of Annapurna (8091m), Annapurna South (7219), Machapuchhre (6993m) and Hiunchuli (6441m). These unforgettable, once-in-a lifetime views put the Annapurna Base Camp trek at the top of many trekkers’ bucket lists.

Poon Hill (3210m) is one of the most famous viewpoints in the world and has magnificent views of Machapuchhre and Annapurna. In this trek, you will reach the summit of Poon Hill in time to watch the sunrise over the Himalayas.

Start point?
You’ll arrive in Kathmandu, a city famed for its historical sights and bustling city centre. Included in your trip is a tour of the world heritage sights to get you fully immersed in its timeless cultural heritage.

Finish point?
Your trip ends in Pokhara where you can book a hotel or head straight back to reality!

Getting there and away?
Kathmandu is accessible via the Tibhuwan International Airport (KTM). Book whichever flights suits you best!

The airport is about 5-6km outside of the city, so you can either book a bus or a private car to take you to your hotel.

We will contact you before you leave to check your arrival and departure plans.

For extra financial protection against unforeseen circumstances such as erupting Icelandic volcanoes, we recommend you book your flights using a credit card.

Frequently Asked Questions

The following are not included in the trip price:

  • Travel to/from airport
  • Transport from Pokhara back to Kathmandu
  • International airport tax
  • Drinks
  • Snacks
  • Visa Fee
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips for guides (optional)
  • Hotels

This trip will run with a minimum of 2 people and a maximum of 12.

Nepal has a huge variety in different foods. Your guide will help you experience the vast array of foods available but ultimately you can pick what you like at a variety of prices. We recommend trying the Dal Bhat - a spiced mixture of lentils and rice - as it is the traditional Nepali day-to-day dish (not to mention it’s extremely healthy and affordable!)

Absolutely, just make a request when booking.

You’ll hike from 4 to 8 hours a day, and gradually ascend from 760m to 5416m. While the trail is generally good, there are some more challenging uphill sections of the journey.

The Annapurna circuit is challenging at times, but you do not need to be particularly fit to start with! Whatever exercise you do beforehand will help, as you will be carrying your rucksacks for on average 10km per day but your guide will help you and make sure you go at a pace that suits you.

When you trek in the mountains, there always the risk of getting altitude sickness, regardless of how old, young, fit or unfit you are. The symptoms can vary from one person to the next – from a headache to breathing heavily or numbness in your fingers – and if you find any of these symptoms, you must descend the mountain. Your guide will always be around to help and instruct you to avoid any danger.

Due to the Annapurna Circuit’s location, weather is considerably different here than in other major regions, as it is in a ‘rain shadow’ - so it’s your best bet to avoid to rain!

From October to December and March to May the weather is general warm at 10 - 15°C but as you climb higher, the temperatures will drop significantly.

At the start of the trek (1060m) daily highs average 22 – 30 °C and nightly lows cool off to 10 – 20 °C.

At Annapurna Base Camp (4130m) you can expect highs around 4 – 17 °C and lows around -8 – 4 °C.

Your host recommends you pack the following:

  • 1 pair rucksack / backpacks
  • 2 pair lightweight trousers
  • Sunglasses
  • 1 small daypack (20-30ltr)
  • Trainers
  • Money belt
  • Sunhat / warm hat
  • Mosquito repellent
  • 1 Torch / flashlight
  • 1 Swiss army knife

Start point?
You’ll arrive in Kathmandu, a city famed for its historical sights and bustling city centre. Included in your trip is a tour of the world heritage sights to get you fully immersed in its timeless cultural heritage.

Finish point?
Your trip ends in Pokhara where you can book a hotel or head straight back to reality!

Getting there and away?
Kathmandu is accessible via the Tibhuwan International Airport (KTM). Book whichever flights suits you best!

The airport is about 5-6km outside of the city, so you can either book a bus or a private car to take you to your hotel.

We will contact you before you leave to check your arrival and departure plans.

For extra financial protection against unforeseen circumstances such as erupting Icelandic volcanoes, we recommend you book your flights using a credit card.

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