Woman overlooking river valley and mountains, Manang, Nepal.
4.9
| 91 reviews

Trek the Annapurna Circuit

16 nights
Challenging

High-altitude trails, epic scenery and the highest navigable pass on the planet – this is bucket list stuff in the making

What's Included?

Activities & Certified Guides

All itinerary activities with local, expert, English-speaking guides

All accommodation

4 nights in hotels or guesthouses; 12 nights in teahouses

Meals

3 breakfasts and 2 dinners are included

Internal flights

Flights between Jomson and Pokhara

Transfers & Permits

Airport and local transfers, porters to transport your luggage, entrance fees and permits

Small Like-minded Groups

Solo-friendly by design, join our small n’ sociable groups of up to 12 like-minded, active and outdoorsy people
From

excluding flights

What's it like?

4.9
| 91 reviews
I want to go back!
May 2024
Matthew D.
I want to go back!
May 2024
Matthew D.
I want to go back!
May 2024
Matthew D.
An excellent trek with a great team
May 2024
Russell D.
Unbelievable trip - highly recommend
May 2024
Valentina T.
Unbelievable trip - highly recommend
May 2024
Valentina T.
Unbelievable trip - highly recommend
May 2024
Valentina T.
Unbelievable trip - highly recommend
May 2024
Valentina T.
Unbelievable trip - highly recommend
May 2024
Valentina T.
Unbelievable trip - highly recommend
May 2024
Valentina T.
Unbelievable trip - highly recommend
May 2024
Valentina T.
Unbelievable trip - highly recommend
May 2024
Valentina T.
Amazing scenery and wonderful people
April 2024
Baiba Ē.
Amazing scenery and wonderful people
April 2024
Baiba Ē.
Amazing scenery and wonderful people
April 2024
Baiba Ē.
Amazing scenery and wonderful people
April 2024
Baiba Ē.
A Much Better Adventure
April 2024
peter z.
A Much Better Adventure
April 2024
peter z.
A Much Better Adventure
April 2024
peter z.
Great Trip!
January 2024
Christopher A.
Great Trip!
January 2024
Christopher A.
Magical Trip
January 2024
Jessica E.
Magical Trip
January 2024
Jessica E.
Annapurna Circuit + Lake Tilicho
January 2024
Julian S.
Woman overlooking river valley and mountains, Manang, Nepal.
Two hikers in the Annapurna Mountains, Nepal.
Two hikers crossing a Himalayan rope bridge above a river, Nepal
Hikers on the Annapurna Circuit trail, Nepal.
A string of trekkers on the Thorong La Pass, with the sun rising over the mountains in the background, Nepal.
Trekkers on a trail in the snow at sunrise, Annapurna Circuit Trek, Nepal.

Explore one of the most incredible trekking routes in the Himalayas – 145km of devastatingly beautiful mountains

Cross through the thrilling Thorong La Pass (5416m), the highest point of the Annapurna Circuit Trek

Enter Kali Gandaki, the deepest gorge in the world – a whopping three times deeper than the Grand Canyon

Key Information

Day 1

Kathmandu awaits

View across the rooftops of temples in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Check into your guesthouse in Thamel – heart of the sensory overload that is Kathmandu. Join a pre-departure meeting with your guides to run through the plans for the Annapurna Circuit Trek and then finish the day with a group dinner alongside the rest of your team.

Day 2

The road to Tal

Aerial view of a village in Dhaulagiri area, western Nepal.

Driving

9-10hrs

This morning you'll start the long journey to Besisahar, driving through lush river valleys, stunning Himalayan scenery and terraced farmland. Stop for lunch, then swap to a local jeep and continue on to the remote village of Tal, the starting point of your trek. Cross beautiful, rugged terrain with steep ravines, streams, waterfalls and a bunch of tea houses, then check into a local guesthouse and rest ahead of the epic adventure starting tomorrow.

Day 3

First steps on the circuit

Rope bridge crossing the Marshyangdi River, Nepal.

Hiking

5hrs · 13km · 1205m up · 450m down

Follow a rough track out of town and along the Marshyangdi River. Walk through the narrow valley, following the jeep track which passes through the village of Dharapani, where your permits will be checked. Continue hiking through the forest, gaining altitude gradually, then cross into the insanely beautiful Bagarchap Valley and spend the night in your first traditional Himalayan teahouse at 2160m.

Day 4

Bagarchap to Chame

Buddhist stupa in Chame village, Annapurna Circuit, Nepal.

Hiking

6hrs · 14km · 1225m up · 425m down

Hike past a small waterfall and follow a steep uphill trail through a beautiful mixed forest of rhododendron and oak, gaining more than 400m elevation in a single stretch. On reaching Timang village, enjoy a well-deserved lunch and sip hot tea or coffee, while admiring the mesmerising views of Manaslu Peak from a panoramic terrace. Hit the trail again and ascend gently, passing the beautiful villages of Thanchok and Koto and finally reach Chame (2670m), your base for tonight.

Day 5

Chame to Upper Pisang

Upper Pisang village and Annapurna 2, Nepal.

Hiking

6hrs · 18km · 976 up · 296 down

Things get serious today, as you'll climb above 3000m. Cross the Marshyangdi River and walk past a chorten (shrine), then hike an undulating forest trail to Bhratang. A beautiful waterfall appears on the other side of the mountain as you change direction. Cross the river once again, and ascend to Dhikur Pokhari for lunch. To your right stands Swargadwari, a huge bare rock formation which is believed to be the path to Swarga (heaven). As you trek on, the valley becomes wide and vegetation sparse. End the day in the small village of Pisang at 3300m.

Day 6

Upper Pisang to Manang

Woman overlooking river valley and mountains, Manang, Nepal.

Hiking

7hrs · 18km · 975m up · 755m down

Set off hiking through a lush zone of yak pastures and crop fields, stopping for photos at a remote Tibetan monastery. Ascend on a winding path to the remote village of Ghyaru. From here onwards, the trail rolls through arid landscapes all the way to Ngawal. Stop for lunch, then continue on to Manang (3540m), one of the largest villages on the circuit. Be sure to listen out for the local Manangi language, unwritten and dangerously close to extinction.

Day 7

Acclimatisation day

View of Gangapurna Lake, Nepal.

Spend the day acclimatising to the altitude. Enjoy a cup of smoky chai in Manangi town and take a leisurely walk through the old alleys, exploring the traditional stone-thatched houses with intricate wooden windows and prayer flags flapping in the air. If you are feeling energetic, take an optional walk to Gangapurna Lake, or visit the Himalayan Rescue Association post to see how they're saving lives across some of the most challenging terrain in the world.

Day 8

Manang to Sri Kharka

Manang Valley, Nepal.

Hiking

5hrs · 8km · 440m up · 143m down

Today you'll hike along a rarely used and completely idyllic stretch of trail as you climb to Sri Kharka. Start off hiking through barley and buckwheat fields and across Thorang Khola River via a suspension bridge. Continue with a gentle ascent on a wide trail through juniper forest and meadows to Khangsar, the last village in the area. You will notice the effect of the low oxygen level in your body while climbing, but a slow gradual ascent will make the going manageable. Reach Sri Kharka (3880m), tuck into a well-deserved hot meal and enjoy the serenity of the mountains as you prepare to see one of the great wonders of the world tomorrow.

Day 9

Tilicho Base Camp

Silhouette of person with arms spread high at Tilicho Base Camp, Nepal.

Hiking

5hrs · 6km · 400m up · 140m down

Follow trail alongside the stunning views of Annapurna II and Gangapurna, crossing a couple of streams en route using high suspension bridges that will pump up the adrenaline. Tackle an exposed rocky slope to reach Tilicho Base Camp at 4150m. Rest up for the afternoon, then enjoy a high-altitude night sky chock full of stars. Please note, it's possible that the trail to base camp may be closed or disrupted during winter (January to March), and sometimes even in the peak season. Your guide will decide whether to continue or skip this section, based on the local weather conditions.

Day 10

Tilicho Lake

Two Buddha statues at Tilicho Lake, covered with prayer flags, backed by a blue lake and mountains on the Annapurna Circuit Trek, Nepal.

Hiking

7hrs · 15km · 980m up · 1240m down

Wake up early today and get your head torch on, to start hiking along a trail that gently climbs up the hillside. Tackle a steep ascent to reach the pass, from where the trail levels up all the way Tilicho Lake (4919m). Take time to explore one of the highest and most beautiful lakes in the world. Hike back to Base Camp for breakfast, and when you're ready, hike back down to Siri Kharka (3880m) to relax in your teahouse – you’ve earned it.

Day 11

The trail to Yak Kharka

Landscape view of Annapurna III and the Gangnapurnas, Nepal.

Hiking

6-7hrs · 12km · 760m up · 520m down

Ascend gently to Old Khangsar, overlooking the new Khangsar village. See the ruins of the abandoned settlement with a stunning backdrop of towering peaks and the Manang Valley. Climb up gently past pastures and herds, eyes peeled for mighty yaks. As the trail reaches the ridgeline, descend to the Thorang Khola River and join the Annapurna Circuit route again, following the trail as it winds through some truly awesome scenery on the way to tonight's destination, the village of Yak Kharka (4050m).

Day 12

Prelude to the big one

Two hikers on the way to Thorung Phedi Base Camp, Nepal.

Hiking

4-5hrs · 7km · 587m up · 84m down

The trail to Thorang Phedi is similar to the one you've walked a few days back – however, due to the altitude, you may notice the pace is slower and the air much thinner. Ascend gently, passing by Ledar village along a narrow and dry path, then cross the Thorang Khola River to reach Thorang Phedi Base Camp (4450m) early afternoon. Rest up for a big day tomorrow – you’ll need it.

Day 13

To Muktinath via the Thorong La pass

A string of trekkers on the Thorong La Pass, with the sun rising over the mountains in the background, Nepal.

Hiking

10-12hrs · 17km · 980m up · 1648m down

The big one! Start the day around 04:00 am and navigate a steep uphill stretch to Thorong High Camp, the last settlement before the highest point of this trek. Cross the Thorang Khola River one final time and continue with a gradual but steady ascent all the way to Thorong La (5416m), the highest navigable pass in the world. Take a moment to celebrate your epic achievement as you soak in some of the best views of the whole circuit, including the high desert mountains along the Kaligandaki Valley – a perfect opportunity for some amazing photos. Begin your descent to Muktinath (3750m) and experience the serene Vishnu temple, holy to both Hindus and Buddhists and the perfect place to enjoy the tranquillity of the mountains.

Day 14

Descend to Jomsom

The turquoise waters of Dhumba Lake from Jomson, with prayer flags in the foreground, Nepal

Hiking

9-10hrs · 18km · 267m up · 1296m down

Set off on a downhill path to Kagbeni, and follow the banks of the Kali Gandaki River as it crosses through the deepest canyon on earth. Take in the magnificent views of Mount Annapurna and Dhaulagiri and then spend the night at a teahouse in Jomsom, gateway to an ancient trade route that once spanned the Himalayas.

Day 15

Fly to Pokhara

Pokhara Lake with the Annapurnas in the background, Nepal.

Fly over the Himalayas to the lakeside town of Pokhara and check into your hotel near the lake. (Please note, flights from Jomsom don't operate over winter – so if you're travelling between mid-November and mid-February you'll drive instead, which takes approximately 7-8 hours). Time permitting, head out to explore the picturesque lakeside promenade. Celebrate the end of the epic Annapurna Circuit trek with your group in one of the cosy waterfront bars or restaurants – you've earned it!

Day 16

Return to Kathmandu

Aerial view of Kathmandu, Nepal at sunset with a stupa rising into the skyline.

Driving

7-8hrs

Rise early and take a bus through the mountains and back to Kathmandu (approximately 7-8 hours, depending on traffic). Spend some free time exploring the city.

Day 17

Your final day in Nepal

Tree roots taking over a temple in Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal.

Enjoy a lie in, then explore the city some more. Visit a holy Hindu temple or one of the largest Buddhist stupas in the world, before heading for the airport and back to reality.

Day 1

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 2

Guesthouse · Twin or triple share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 3 – Day 14

Teahouse · Twin or triple share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 15

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 16

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 17

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

What is the food like?

Traditional Nepalese meal of dhal bhat.

Breakfast is usually either hot porridge, muesli or Tibetan bread served with an omelette or boiled eggs. The menus in the teahouses are very similar at every stop and there will usually be a choice of traditional Nepalese dhal bhat (a mixed plate of lentils, rice, vegetables and pickles – delicious and healthy!), momos (Nepalese dumplings), mixed noodles, pasta and even pizza. Although meat is available at some teahouses, we suggest you ask your guide for their advice, as it tends to depend on how far it has travelled as to whether it is a safe option.

Dairy-free, vegan or vegetarian diets can be catered for while trekking although meals may get a bit repetitive – dhal bhat will likely be your go-to staple. Gluten-free/coeliac diets are tricky to cater for on teahouse treks (beware that powdered soups and seasonings used often contain gluten, and cooking oil is commonly reused and may cause cross-contamination). Please explain your dietary requirements to your guide so that they can assist when ordering, and bringing along some extra food/snacks is advisable.

What is the accommodation like?

Typical street in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Kathmandu

On your first and last nights, you’ll stay in a centrally located tourist hotel in Kathmandu's Thamel area on a twin-share basis, with en-suite bathrooms, air-con and WiFi. The hotel is located in the heart of Thamel, close to the main shopping area and the heritage sites.

Traditional Himalayan teahouse in the lush green valleys of the Annapurna range, Nepal
Annapurna Circuit

During the trek you'll stay in traditional teahouses – these are mountain lodges that tend to have a communal dining area and basic toilets. Rooms are usually sorted by gender and many offer hot showers or phone charging for a small fee. There’s no heating, so your warm sleeping bag is needed.

Pokhara Lake with the Annapurnas in the background, Nepal.
Pokhara

On your night in Pokhara you'll stay in a hotel near the lake, close enough to all the action but still in a quiet spot.

Upgrades

For solo travellers looking for their own space, an optional private room can be booked for an extra charge, see Optional Extras for the price. This is only applicable to the nights spent in hotels and is subject to availability. Please request this at the time of booking.

This trip has been rated as Challenging

Much of this trek is within the capabilities of people with good fitness who are keen trekkers. Still, it is important to note that trekking at altitudes above 3000m/10,000ft is more demanding on the body than walking at low elevations.

Some training beforehand will help and we advise doing at least one weekend of back to back days walking. The guide will set the pace and as with all altitude treks, the theme is ‘slowly slowly’ to help you adjust to the altitude.

What will I need to carry?

This trip includes one porter for every two trekkers. They will carry up to 20-25kg of kit so your overnight bags and spare clothes will be transported for you (maximum 12kg per person). You will only need to carry a daypack with essentials in (extra layer, snacks, water, suncream, camera etc).

There are 3 different seasons for trekking in Nepal:

Winter (Dec-Feb): Despite being seen as ‘off-season’ this is often the best time to trek in Nepal. The nights can be very cold (down to -20ºC) but the trails are quieter and the mountain views are often at their best due to the clear sunny skies.

Pre-Monsoon/Spring (Mar-May): Temperatures rise significantly in spring and flowers are in full bloom in the lower areas. Although it can still drop below freezing at night, the daytime temperatures tend to sit between 10-15ºC.

Post-Monsoon/Autumn (Sep-Nov): This is the most popular time to trek in Nepal with generally sunny and mild days. It can get cold and windy at higher altitudes, however the skies are usually clear.

Of course, mountain weather is notoriously hard to predict and snow can be expected on any trip so come prepared.

As the Annapurna Circuit has wide trails, and much of it sits in a rain shadow, the summer months of June-August are still good for trekking. These months are a great time to have the trails almost entirely to yourself.

The Area

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Logistics

Starts

Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu

Arrive by 16:00 on Day 1

Ends

Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu

Any time on Day 17

Transfers

Airport arrival and departure transfers are included no matter when you arrive and depart (even if you book extra nights before or after the trip), provided you have completed your passenger information form and have supplied your flight details in advance. On Day 1, your tour leader will arrange a group briefing before a welcome dinner, so we strongly encourage you to book a flight landing by 16:00 in order to be able to join this on time.

Travel options

There are regular flights to Kathmandu from major airports across the UK and Europe.

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What do I need to bring?

  • Day pack with rain cover (30 litre +)
  • Duffle bag (for the porters to carry your overnight kit)
Clothes
  • Waterproof jacket with hood
  • Mid-weight down jacket
  • Waterproof trousers
  • Lightweight trekking trousers
  • Hiking shorts (if trekking in the summer)
  • Thermals (top and bottom, merino ideal)
  • 2-3 trekking t-shirts/shirts
  • Fleece or warm mid-layer
  • Waterproof thick gloves
  • Glove liners
  • Hiking socks and lighter walking socks
  • Wool hat
  • Sun hat
  • Spare underwear
  • Buff or similar
Shoes
  • Worn in waterproof hiking boots
  • Lightweight trainers (for the evenings)
  • Flip-flops or sandals
Sleeping
  • 4-season sleeping bag
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Pillow case (optional)
Other
  • Trekking poles
  • Travel towel
  • Sun protection (sunscreen, sunglasses)
  • 2 water bottles (1 litre each)
  • Metal SIGG bottle (useful to fill with hot water to use as a hot water bottle at bedtime)
  • Headtorch
  • First aid kit and/or personal medication
  • Water purification tablets/system
  • Hand gel
  • Biodegradable wet wipes
  • Small biodegradable bags to take toilet tissue off the mountain
  • Toilet paper/tissues
  • 1 x passport photo for trek permit
  • Powerbank
  • Universal plug adaptor
  • Book/kindle/cards for downtime
Winter departures only (end Nov until Mar)
  • Gaiters
  • Microspikes
  • Extra warm layers (add an extra warm item to all key items above)
  • Extra set of thermals (pair to walk in, pair to sleep in)
  • Merino trekking socks
  • Merino glove liners

This winter kit can sometimes be necessary even in the high season, depending on weather conditions. Your local host will contact you a week prior departure to let you know if any extra items are necessary. If you are unable to get them on time, you can also buy these items locally (see below).

What's available to hire?

The below can be rented in Kathmandu:

  • Down jacket: costs approx. $1.5/day with a deposit of $50
  • Sleeping bag (3-season only available): costs approx. $2/day with a deposit of $80
  • Spikes (for winter departures only) costs approx. $1.5/day.

(Please ask your host if this is needed so they can assist you with how to arrange the hire.)

What can you buy in Kathmandu?

Kathmandu has many outdoor gear shops - some sell real kit that is the same price you will find it at home, and some are filled with cheaper imitation gear that may not be of the same quality. You will, however, find a soft duffel bag easily that the porters can carry.

Please remove all unnecessary packing before you leave home and ensure you take all plastic off the mountain to be disposed of in Kathmandu.

*Requests for optional extras can be made after booking on your “My Bookings” page

Optional Private Room Upgrade (3 nights: Kathmandu & Pokhara)

Payable Before Departure

Optional Private Room Upgrade (3 nights: Kathmandu & Pokhara)

Per Person

Extra night in Pokhara (Single Room)

Payable Before Departure

Extra night in Pokhara (Single Room)

Extra night in Pokhara (Twin/Double Room)

Payable Before Departure

Extra night in Pokhara (Twin/Double Room)

Pre/post-trip accommodation in Kathmandu (Single)

Payable Before Departure

Pre/post-trip accommodation in Kathmandu (Single)

Pre/post-trip accommodation in Kathmandu (Twin/Double)

Payable Before Departure

Pre/post-trip accommodation in Kathmandu (Twin/Double)

David M.(June 2024)
The Annapurna trek was excellent

The Annapurna trek was excellent with some spectacular views - we travelled in May and, while the first few days were foggy and a bit worrying, the weather cleared up and we had some great days to follow (including a snowy pass which was a major highlight).

The walk was well paced and we never felt in any danger, so many thanks to our leader Pujan. Our assistant guide, Sebika, was outstanding and was great fun to be with during the entire circuit. Uttam, Balaram and Surya were excellent porters and were quick to help the group.

The accommodation (including showers and toilets), food, and availability of cheap/free wifi (don’t bother buying a SIM card) were all surprisingly good and there’s nothing to be worried about!

My only criticisms of the itinerary would be the walk through canyon which was unnecessary and unpleasant, and the drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu - I’d have much rather driven straight to Jomsom and flown to Kathmandu.

Mr H.(June 2024)
Brilliant well run trek

We had a fantastic time on our Annpurna Circuit Trek! The views are incredible.

Our lead guide Tika was fun and friendly but also incredibly professional and we always felt very safe in his care. Assistant guides Pasang and Tej were also wonderful. Always incredibly helpful and friendly.

Would definitely recommend Much Better Adventures and Freedom Adventures to anyone interested in doing the Annapurna Circuit!

Cory A.(June 2024)
Can't Stop Talking About This Trip!

Exceeding my expectations from start to finish, this was the trip of a lifetime that I can't stop talking about! From start to finish, this itinerary was expertly planned and managed by local operator Freedom Adventures. Kush, our lead guide, was on top of it all without ever letting us see him sweat - from smoothing over a mishap at an over-booked tea house to reorganizing departure transport due to flight cancellations - he runs a flawless show that takes 5-star care of his clients AND team. Anil and Asman were outstanding right-hand-men to Kush, bringing humor, ensuring client safety, and literally waiting on us all hand and foot day after day. And, you can expect more than just trekking through some of the most beautiful scenery on earth... we got a full education on every place we visited. Lastly, I couldn't have been happier with my trek-mates - it's evident the type of people who book through Much Better Adventures are like-minded adventurers: inspiring, independent and hilarious!

Charlotte C.(June 2024)
Exceptional Trip!

My husband and I completed the Annapurna Circut in May 2024 and it was a truly incredible experience that exceeded our expectations. The whole team where brilliant but a special shout out to Pujan our leader who went above and beyond to teach us about the area and Nepal as a whole. Sebika was outstanding in every way and i hope she soon becomes a leader as I couldn't fault her, she was a real delight! Balaram and Uttam were wonderful, incredibly strong and their cheery faces at every tea house were a wonderful sight to see. We had a wonderful group of other walkers and the route is awesome! Highly recommend the trip to others

Matthew D.(May 2024)
I want to go back!
I want to go back!
I want to go back!
I want to go back!

Epic trip. Kush and the team were excellent guides, knowledgeable and thoughtful. The whole trip was well planned and communicated. Love the evening story-times and can't wait to come back to this amazing country. A good starter trek that makes me want to do more.

Matilde C.(May 2024)
Memorable trip!

It was an incredible trip from start to finish! The guides assisted us with every need and informed us the day before about the route, the altitude difference, the weather, and the effort that would await us the following day. They also assisted us if anyone in the group did not feel well, and checked daily if we had any AMS symptoms. The trek requires a lot of physical and especially mental effort, but it is always shared with beautiful people! The support from the guides Kush, Anil, and Asman was huge. I highly recommend MBA and Freedom Adventures!

Russell D.(May 2024)
An excellent trek with a great team
An excellent trek with a great team

The Annapurna trek was excellent and the views were spectacular. The amount of walking and pacing was well balanced and adapted by the leader Pujan, and his co-lead Sebika, to meet the capabilities of the whole group. The care and extra support shown by Pujan, Sebika, Balaram, Surya and Uttam made the more challenging days achievable. Overall this was a memorable trip with many highlights and fantastic experiences (and photos).

Valentina T.(May 2024)
Unbelievable trip - highly recommend
Unbelievable trip - highly recommend
Unbelievable trip - highly recommend
Unbelievable trip - highly recommend
Unbelievable trip - highly recommend
Unbelievable trip - highly recommend
Unbelievable trip - highly recommend
Unbelievable trip - highly recommend
Unbelievable trip - highly recommend

This was such an incredible and unforgettable trip.

There's (rightly so) a high barrier to entry to get deep into the Annapurna range (travel days and the early hike days) but you're rewarded for your effort. The views and grandeur of the range is astonishing. The pictures don't even do it justice - you just have to be there to soak it in.

The professionalism of the Freedom Adventures team was second to none - they knew everything there was to know about the Circuit. I really could tell the difference throughout the trek between groups that had ok guides and our group. Kush was not only extremely knowledgeable, approachable, charismatic, and experienced, he was also really well respected on the Circuit. For example, in some tea houses we would have tables or even whole rooms reserved just for us to use. Solo travellers can't reserve and book but Kush can. Kush, Anil, and Asman also gave us nightly talks about the history of Nepal which was so informative. The whole team of 5 porters were also extremely friendly and kind, and they would always cheer us on and welcome us at the tea houses.

The hike was extremely well paced, we gained 300-400m on average per day and Kush would add in acclimatisation mini walks to get us even higher up and back down. I took Diamox so felt fine but our whole group had very minor altitude sickness symptoms on the whole and I think it's due to the careful pace of the trek. The hike itself isn't that strenuous - if you're in good shape it is manageable - it's the addition of the shortness of breath higher up that makes it more of a challenge. But you gotta try it to find out!

The change of weather and the need to pack lightly was a bit tricky. You need shorts and a t-shirt early on and then full thermals and very warm clothes (in mid-April) later on while keeping under 12kg luggage - I would've packed a couple more warm layers but it was a good challenge to only bring essentials. It's also extremely dusty all along the route so a good buff/cover is essential.

Our group vibe was fab- all of us very likeminded and caring for each other and we all got on extremely well.

I absolutely made the right call going with MBA and Freedom Adventures and would absolutely look to them again next time I'm in Nepal. I can't recommend them (or this trip) enough.

Eleanor M.(May 2024)
Annapurna Circut

Kush, Anil, and Asman were all absolutely amazing tour guides! They were friendly and fun, and went out of their way to make sure we all had an great and safe time. Their knowledge of the trek was incredible. Freedom Adventures helped make this one of my favorite treks I’ve done and I could not recommend them and the Annapurna Circut more to others!

Suma Y.(May 2024)
This was such an amazing

This was such an amazing experience! I had travel issues initially and was delayed meeting up with the group. There was excellent communication with Freedom adventures and they were so helpful and reassuring. All of our guides were so much fun and very knowledgeable. Would not have been the same experience without them. I cannot recommend this trip enough!

Pablo S.(May 2024)
Kush, Anil, and Ashman were

Kush, Anil, and Ashman were the best leaders I could have asked for on our trip. Every view along the circuit was breathtaking and I always felt in good hands with our leaders. We got to learn to much from a local perspective which was amazing. I would definitely recommend Freedom Adventures and MBA for any trip.

Madeline S.(May 2024)