Woman overlooking river valley and mountains, Manang, Nepal.
4.9
| 71 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
| 71 reviews
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.
An epic trip. The landscapes are awe inspir...
November 2023
Maxine
An epic trip. The landscapes are awe inspir...
November 2023
Maxine
An epic trip. The landscapes are awe inspir...
November 2023
Maxine
An epic trip. The landscapes are awe inspir...
November 2023
Maxine
Better than expected! An incredible trip!
...
October 2023
Francesca
Better than expected! An incredible trip!
...
October 2023
Francesca
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.

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

Payable Before Departure

Optional Private Room Upgrade

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)

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)
Trip of a lifetime

MBA & Freedom Adventures were incredible. Our guide, Kush, was an amazing guide. He brought laughter, kindness, and a fun energy to every day and helped us learn more about Nepal’s history, people, religion, and culture. Our assistant guides- Anil and Asmand were also incredible and so happy. I was so impressed by the organization and how Freedom operates in Nepal with MBA. Cannot recommend this trip enough and I feel so lucky to have done this experience!

ANDREW W.(May 2024)
Extremely well organized tour. Kush

Extremely well organized tour. Kush was a brilliant lead guide who made sure we were all well acclimatized and looked after. The group all got on well and we had a great trip. The assistant guides Anil and Asman were also great and the porters were very friendly and part of the team.

Evangelia S.(April 2024)
Unforgettable Adventure, Professional Guides

Embarking on a two-week trekking adventure in Himalayas was a dream that became reality, made even more remarkable by our exceptional local guides. The knowledge of the area they demonstrated made me always feel safe. Their familiarity with every twist and turn of the trail not only ensured our safety but also enhanced our experience by providing insightful commentary on the flora, fauna, and local culture. Their professionalism and the care that they demonstrated to each one of us, was remarkable. Whether it was ensuring we had enough water and snacks for the day's journey or adjusting the pace to accommodate everyone in the group, they went above and beyond to ensure our comfort and enjoyment. Also, their ability to adapt to unforeseen challenges, such as changes in weather or trail conditions (you are at the mountains!), instilled confidence in our group and allowed us to fully immerse ourselves in the adventure without worry. But perhaps what truly set our guides apart was their warmth and friendliness. Tika, Tej and Pasang along with all the porters, you gave us an unforgettable experience, thank you! Annapurna circuit, one of the most popular treks around the world, cannot disappoint you! Witnessing breathtaking views and so different landscapes, trying delicious local dishes as well as coming close to the Nepalese people and culture. I cannot recommend this adventure highly enough, it's one in a lifetime!

Dimitrios L.(April 2024)
A Himalayan Journey with Exceptional Guides

Our 16-day trek through the Himalayas was nothing short of extraordinary with amazing scenery, fantastic people and lots of fun.

The main guide Tika was very knowledgeable on the area with great experience in the trek, he was always able to name all the massive peaks we were looking at and he would answer all of our questions for the Annapurna region and Nepal in general. We had some long discussions about Nepal which helped me to learn lots of things about the Nepalese culture ranging from the education system to the religious landscape.

I was amazed by the professionalism of both our main guide Tika but also the two assistant guides Tez and Pasang. They arranged everything for us, they would take all of our food orders and they were at our service 24/7. Tika always put our safety first and was checking on us regularly to ensure everything was going smoothly.

Now, let's talk about the views. Oh my goodness, where do I even begin? Every step we took revealed a new, jaw-dropping scene. From towering peaks to lush valleys, it was like being inside a painting that came to life. The 16-day trek was ideal to enjoy lots of different landscapes while having enough time to acclimatize for the pass.

Last but not least, the trip wouldn't be the same without the amazing group that we shared lots of memory, lots of laughs and an amazing party in Jomsom!

Baiba Ē.(April 2024)
Amazing scenery and wonderful people
Amazing scenery and wonderful people
Amazing scenery and wonderful people
Amazing scenery and wonderful people
Amazing scenery and wonderful people

A great trip! Amazing views - exactly as I had pictured trekking in Himalayas would look like. Actually, no, that's not true. It looked even better! The team did a fantastic job keeping us safe, entertained, and well informed. We learned about the local customs, culture, and history. The local people were very friendly and welcoming. The accommodation and food far exceeded my expectations. The trek was well organised and the representative of the local trekking company was always available for any questions/help needed both pre and throughout the trip.

Simon A.(April 2024)
Do it!

A once in a lifetime experience! It was a challenge on all levels (endurance as well as leaving home comforts behind). Make sure you give yourself time to train. You'll need hiking fitness, but also good cardio capacity, and the less extra weight you are carrying the better. Kush was a great guide, with a lot of experience and a good ability to assess people's capabilities and advise accordingly. He also taught us a lot about Nepal, and was able to answer questions on history, culture and nature, as we went along. Not to mention his perennial sense of humour! The teahouses varied in levels of facilities, but they all offered full menus of tasty food, as well as having a communal warm area, to escape the cold rooms!

peter z.(April 2024)
A Much Better Adventure
A Much Better Adventure
A Much Better Adventure
A Much Better Adventure

Fantastic experience - such good communication before arrival and nothing too much trouble. Kush was very knowledgable guide with great stories - supported so well by porters Nabin and Ananta - always smiling. Very professional when one of our group had some altitude issues.

Christopher A.(January 2024)
Great Trip!
Great Trip!
Great Trip!

This was my first trip with MBA can thoroughly recommend. I found the process very efficient: Prashant was always on hand (even before the trip started) to answer any questions and it was particularly nice to be met at the airport and taken to the hotel.

The trip itself (late December 2023 – early January 2024) was challenging and rewarding with beautiful views, demanding climbs, and lots of culture to take in. The route was well planned and, whilst the acclimatisation to altitude was challenging at times with some large altitude gains on certain days, all 6 of our group successfully completed the trip.

Credit for this success must go to team at Freedom Adventures, MBA’s local partner, who supplied all the staff for the trek itself. Tembi Sherpa, Chhiring Sherpa, Bhumie, Pravin and Mohan were professional; took personal responsibility for our safety; and went above-and-beyond to always help both me and the rest of the group. Our lead guide Tembi was very experienced and always provided clear and reassuring direction. Chhiring brought with him a wealth of experience at high altitude having recently summited Mt. Everest(!) in Spring 2023, and Bhumie, Pravin and Mohan not only carried the bags but provided a never-ending source of moral – both on and off the trails!

I can’t recommend this trip enough and would certainly look to use MBA & Freedom Adventures for my next trip to Nepal. Tembi, Chhiring, Bhumie, Pravin, Mohan: thank you again for everything and I wish you the best of luck for the future!

Dan(January 2024)
Incredible views, guides & Memories

This was my 4th MBA trip and definitely one of the best. I've always found the local tour companies extremely organised and great people on the trip. Our Sherpa Tembi and the rest of the team Chhiring, Prabin, Mohan and Boomie were superb with lots of energy, knowledge and enthusiasm... they really made the trip so memorable.

We travelled over Xmas which is winter in Nepal and super off-peak. Personally I didn't find it too cold, the skies were so clear and the mountain was so quiet it felt like we had the whole place to ourselves... would definitely not put anyone off travelling over this time. Also, I would definitely reccomend having 2 or 3 nights in Pokhara at the end if your travels allow.

Jessica E.(January 2024)
Magical Trip
Magical Trip
Magical Trip

Tembi and Chhiring were absolutely amazing, both did a wonderful job at guiding us through the stunning Himalayan mountain range. We had plenty of rest breaks during the trek and we were well informed about what to expect each day of trekking. Nepal is a magical country and the mountains are majestic, that said, having amazing guides (Tembi and Chhiring) and porters (Boomie, Mohan and Prabin) really made the journey special. I HIGHLY recommend this trip, it is life changing.

Julian S.(January 2024)
Annapurna Circuit + Lake Tilicho
Annapurna Circuit + Lake Tilicho

This was the first trip that I have booked with MuchBetterAdventures and their local operator, FreedomAdventures.

MuchBetterAdventures were very helpful and are the easy choice for this trip; Prashant was always available to answer any questions.

It was nice to be met at the airport in Katmandu by Chhiring, from FreedomAdventures who was one of our trek leaders.

The Annapurna Circuit is both challenging and rewarding; a special and historical route with beautiful views and demanding climbs, within a unique mountain range, steeped in Nepalese history.

The itinerary and altitude acclimatisation was carefully managed and adapted when needed, including optional afternoon hikes to monasteries and visits to local villages for a cup of butter tea.

The route (for us, including the Tilicho Lake leg) requires careful thought. It became obviously cold as the altitude increased, but the team were always keeping a close eye with blood oxygen measurement and daily wellbeing surveys.

Tembi Sherpa, Chhiring Sherpa, Bhumie, Pravin and Mohan are best-in-class; They are professional trekkers, trail runners and climbers - Chhiring summited Everest in mid 2023 - we saw some questionable decisions being made by other groups in the cold or at altitude… they were amateurs compared to our pro team!

Safety first, a deep local knowledge and a fun loving team is everything when conditions are tough; also these guys love to dance, and sing, at every opportunity!

((Pokhara is worth the extra night; it’s a lovely city; and the flight to KTM is 25mins versus a 7/8 hour Jeep drive - sit on the left of the ‘plane to view the mountains!))

Sarah J.(January 2024)
Fab trip, lovely guides, bracingly cold!

I had a brilliant time on this trip. Special thanks to our guides Tembi, Chhiring and the rest of the guys who made this a wonderful experience. The route was great and I felt incredibly well looked after by the team when altitude sickness took its toll! We went in December/January which was brilliant for empty trails, with blue skies every day. The cold in the evenings was a challenge, but well worth the experience!

Sarah(November 2023)

The trip was fab. A great challenge with great rewards! Really well planned allowing for acclimatisation and getting to know the culture.

Rebecca(November 2023)

A mind blowing hike through the Himalayas. Everyday we experienced a different terrain and scenery - from forests, to lakes, to snow, to desert - all while staying in gorgeous home stays and tea houses. Especially enjoyed the Nepalese food, the wildlife, and learning about the culture from the brilliant team - special mention to Nurbu, Anill, Asman, and Prabin. Got serious mountain blues now that it’s over :(

Maxine(November 2023)

Amazing trip with amazing leaders.

Maxine(November 2023)
An epic trip. The landscapes are awe inspir...
An epic trip. The landscapes are awe inspir...
An epic trip. The landscapes are awe inspir...