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Trek the Annapurna Circuit

High-altitude views, epic scenery and the highest navigable pass on the planet - bucket list stuff in the making

Duration

16 nights

Annual Leave

2.5 weeks off work

Location

Nepal

Starts & Ends

Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu

Average Rating

12 Reviews

Difficulty

Challenging

Altitude, rough terrain, weather, distance, elevation - make no mistake, this one will test you.

Why it's Much Better

Explore one of the most incredible trekking routes in the Himalayas - 145km of devastatingly beautiful mountain scenery

Cross through Thorong-La (5,416m) - the highest navigable pass on the planet

Hike rarely used trails that lead to mind-bending views and remote Buddhist monasteries

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

Stare in awe at the sight of a Himalayan night sky - chock full of stars and a world away from any light pollution

Celebrate with a drink around the lake in Pokhara when you successfully complete the Annapurna Circuit

Explore Tilicho Lake, one of the highest and most beautiful lakes in the world (walk on water if frozen)

What's Included

Internal flights

Flights between Jomson and Pokhara are laid on

Guides

Local, expert, English-speaking guides

Accommodation

2 nights in Kathmandu, 1 night in Pokhara and 13 nights in teahouses on the trail

Meals

Welcome and farewell dinners in Kathmandu

Transfers

Transfers from Kathmandu to Besisahar, and from Pokhara back to Kathmandu

Porterage

Porters will carry your luggage on the trail

Permits

All permits and entrance fees will be sorted for you

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Itinerary

Day 1

Kathmandu awaits

Activity

Easy day

Accommodation Type

Hotel

Meals

Dinner

Check into your guesthouse in Thamel - heart of the sensory overload that is Kathmandu.

Make final plans with your guides and then finish the day with a group dinner alongside the rest of your team.

Day 2

The road to Taal

Accommodation Type

Lodge

Drive through 180km of beautiful, riverside scenery on the way to Besisahar arriving in time for lunch.

Swap to a local jeep and continue on to the remote town of Taal – the starting point of the trek - where you'll stay in a local lodge.

Day 3

First steps on the circuit

On your Feet

Approx. 5 hours of hiking

Distance

12km

Elevation

1205m up / 766m down

Accommodation Type

Teahouse

The trek begins. Follow a rough track out of town and along the Marshyangdi River.

Cross into the insanely beautiful Bagarchap valley and spend the night in your first Himalayan teahouse.

Day 4

Bagarchap to Chame

On your Feet

Approx. 6 hours of hiking

Distance

14km

Elevation

1025m up / 425m down

Accommodation Type

Teahouse

Ascend through a thick pine forest to get some mind-bending high altitude views.

Follow the trail to the brightly coloured village of Chame, home to just 279 families where you'll stay tonight.

Day 5

Chame to Upper Pisang

On your Feet

Approx. 6 hours of hiking

Distance

14km

Elevation

876m up / 269m down

Accommodation Type

Teahouse

Now things get serious. Climb a steep path through the forest and into the surrounding mountains.

Try and find words to describe the waterfalls around Brothan village and then end the day in the small village of Pisang.

Day 6

Upper Pisang to Manang

On your Feet

Approx. 7 hours of hiking

Distance

17km

Elevation

780m up / 580m down

Accommodation Type

Teahouse

Climb through a lush zone of yak pastures and crop fields, stopping for photos at a remote Tibetan Monastery.

Continue on to Manang, one of the largest villages on the circuit. Be sure to listen out for the local Manangi language, unwritten and dangerously close now to extinction.

Day 7

Acclimatisation day

Activity

Easy day

Accommodation Type

Teahouse

Spend the day acclimatising to the altitude.

Enjoy a cup of smoky chai in Manangi town, take an optional walk to Gangapurna Lake, or visit the Himalayan Rescue Association post and see how they're saving lives over some of the most challenging terrain in the world.

Day 8

Manang to Siri Kharka

On your Feet

Approx. 5 hours of trekking

Distance

8km

Elevation

440m up / 133m down

Accommodation Type

Mountain lodge

Hike along a barely used and completely idyllic stretch of trail as you climb up to Siri Kharka.

Enjoy the serenity of the mountains and prepare to see one of the great wonders of the world tomorrow.

Day 9

Tilicho Base Camp

On your Feet

Approx. 5 hours of hiking

Distance

14km

Elevation

400m up / 140m down

Accommodation Type

Teahouse

Climb to Tilicho Base Camp and one of the best viewpoints on the trek - which is really saying something.

Rest up for the afternoon and then enjoy a high altitude night sky chock-full of stars.

Day 10

Tilicho Lake

On your Feet

Approx. 7 hours of hiking

Distance

15km

Elevation

980m up / 1240m down

Accommodation Type

Teahouse

Explore Tilicho Lake, one of the highest and most beautiful lakes in the world. If it's frozen you might even be able to walk on it (your guide will decide if its safe.)

When you're ready, hike back down to Siri Kharka and relax in your teahouse - you’ve earned it.

Day 11

The trail to Yak Kharka

On your Feet

Approx. 6 hours of hiking

Distance

12km

Elevation

760m up / 520m down

Accommodation Type

Teahouse

Follow the trail as it winds through some truly awesome scenery on the way to tonight's destination, the village of Yak Kharka.

Day 12

Prelude to the big one

On your Feet

Approx. 6 hours of hiking

Distance

7km

Elevation

587m up / 84m down

Accommodation Type

Teahouse

Hug the course of the Jorsang River as you follow the ever-narrowing path to Thorung Phedi Base Camp.

Rest up for a big day tomorrow. You’ll need it.

Day 13

The big day

On your Feet

Approx. 10 hours of hiking

Distance

14km

Elevation

889m up / 1648m down

Accommodation Type

Teahouse

Trek across Thorong-La (5416m), the highest navigable pass in the world.

Enjoy some of the best (and most hard earned views) on the circuit, including the high desert mountains along the Kaligandaki valley – a perfect opportunity for some amazing photos.

Begin your descent to Muktinath and experience the serene Vishnu temple, holy to both Hindus and Buddhists and the perfect place to enjoy the tranquility of the mountains.

Day 14

Descend to Jomsom

On your Feet

Approx. 10 hours of hiking

Distance

18km

Elevation

267m up / 1296m down

Accommodation Type

Teahouse

Hug 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

Activity

Easy day

Accommodation Type

Hotel near the lake

Flying

Approx. 35 minutes

Fly over the Himalayas to the lakeside town of Pokhara and check into a hotel near the water.

Enjoy the waterfront bars and restaurants and celebrate successfully completing the Annapurna Circuit.

Day 16

Return to Kathmandu

Activity

Easy day

Accommodation Type

Hotel in Thamel

Meals

Dinner

Rise early and take a tourist bus through the mountains and back to Kathmandu (Approx. 7 hours).

Spend some time exploring the city and enjoy a last meal with your team.

Day 17

Your final day in Nepal

Activity

Easy day

Enjoy a lie in and explore the city some more.

Visit a holy Hindu temple or one of the largest Buddhist Stupas in the world, then head for the airport and back to reality.

Please Note

All our adventures take place in wild places. Things can go wrong in wild places. Your perfectly planned itinerary may change a bit (or a lot) if the weather turns, someone gets hurt, or a volcano erupts. Usually though, changes make it all the better.

Accommodation

Kathmandu

Accommodation

Hotel

Rooms

Twin share

You’ll stay in a centrally located tourist hotel in the Thamel area with en-suite, air-con and wifi. The hotel is located in the heart of Thamel, close to the main shopping area and the heritage sites.

Private room upgrade

For solo travellers looking for their own space, an optional private room can be booked for $26USD per person per night (subject to availability). This is only for the hotel nights and is subject to availability. Please request this at the time of booking.

Annapurna Circuit

Accommodation

Teahouse

Rooms

Twin or triple share

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 charge. There’s no heating so your warm sleeping bag is needed.

Pokhara

Accommodation

Hotel

Rooms

Twin or triple share

On your night in Pokhara you'll stay in a hotel near the lake.

Need To Know

Meeting Point

Start

Where

Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu

When

Anytime

Private transfers are included, so you’re free to book any flight. Your driver will be waiting for you in the arrivals area and will take you to your hotel. You’ll meet your trek leader and fellow adventurers for dinner later that evening.

End

Where

Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu

When

Anytime

At the end of your adventure, you will be dropped back at Kathmandu Airport in time to meet your return flight. You’re free to book any flight, and a transfer will be arranged from your hotel.

Kitlist

Bags

  • 1 rucksack/duffle bag for the porters to carry with your overnight kit (duffle can be purchased in Kathmandu for approx. $20)
  • 1 day pack (approx 30ltrs) with waterproof cover

Clothes

  • 1 waterproof jacket and trousers
  • 1 down jacket
  • 1 pair lightweight trekking trousers
  • 1 set of thermals (merino is ideal)
  • 2 trekking t-shirts/shirts (shoulders covered)
  • 1 mid-layer (fleece or similar)
  • 1 pair trekking boots (must be worn in)
  • 1 pair lightweight trainers for evenings
  • 1 pair thick waterproof gloves
  • 3 pairs thick walking socks / 3 pairs lighter walking socks
  • 1 warm wool hat
  • 1 buff or similar
  • Sunhat
  • Spare underwear
  • Swimming costume

Sleeping

  • 4-season down sleeping bag and liner

Other

  • Trekking poles (if needed)
  • Travel towel
  • Sunglasses and sun cream
  • Personal medication and first aid kit
  • Hand sanitiser
  • 2 x 1 litre water bottles
  • Headtorch
  • Water purification tablets/system
  • Small biodegradable bags to take toilet tissue off the mountain/to camp each day
  • 2 x passport photos for trek permits
  • A metal SIG bottle can be useful to fill with hot water before bed and used as a hot water bottle.

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

What's available to hire?

  • You can hire a down jacket and sleeping bag in Kathmandu for approx. $1.50 per day and a deposit of $50.
  • Renting a 4-season sleeping bag is approx $2 per day with a deposit of $80.
  • Your host can help arrange this.

Meet Your Host

Jagan and team

You’ll be led by Jagan and his team of highly-trained, experienced and friendly Nepalese mountain guides who’ve grown up in the foothills of Nepal’s epic peaks. They have an intimate knowledge of the mountains having led groups safely around the Himalayas for over a decade. Just by joining them on an adventure you’ll be supporting their mission to improve guiding standards and porter welfare, and also ensure young people in Nepal get the most from the country’s tourism industry.

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