- Booking Type Instant Booking
- duration 15 days
- tour type Private
- age requirement 10+ years old
- guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
- Change dates It is free to change your tour start date within 30 days of departure.
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- Enjoy the world's most popular classic trek.
- Trek to world's highest lake, Lake Tilicho.
- Discover the best of Hindu and Buddhist cultures.
- Cross the world's biggest mountain pass, Thorong La.
The Annapurna Circuit Trek consistently ranks among the world's most famous treks. You will have an easy walk to begin with, before the path connects Kaligandaki to the Marsyangdi River valley. The incredibly adventurous Thorung La pass, located at a height of 5416 m, is a special highlight of the trek.
Enroute the trek, we will see a variety of sceneries and zones that range from subtropical to alpine terrains. We will also encounter diverse ecosystems, different cultures and varying landscapes ranging from lush paddy fields and oak forests to rough mountain terrain. And finally, we get to trek the Kaligandaki gorge, the deepest gorge in the world!
The Annapurna Circuit trek offers an extraordinary panorama of Annapurna (8,097 m), Dhaulagiri (8,167 m), Manaslu, Machhapuchhre and Tukuche together with many other stunning peaks in the background. The trek is extremely beautiful, with numerous orchid forests surrounding the trail, and rhododendrons covering entire hills in their typical red hue in the spring.
Moreover, you get to observe a variety of wildlife including snow leopards, mountain thar, jackal, blue sheep, different species of birds including colored Impeyan, kokla, blood pheasant, and several species of butterflies and insects. In total, 100 mammals, more than 60 reptiles and amphibians, 450 species of birds, and 9 types of rhododendrons are indigenous to this region.
Likewise, the Tilicho Lake, recognized as the highest lakes in the world, is located at an eye-catching spot in the Annapurna region at an elevation of 4919 m. While trekking to the scenic Manang valley, the Thorung Peak and Annapurna can also be witnessed.
This uneven but beautiful trail will let you observe the crystal-clear Tilicho Lake, a lush spread of wildflowers, and stunning views of great Himalayan peaks. The unique combination of nature and culture is what makes the Annapurna Circuit with the side trip of Tilicho Lake trek one of the most famous trekking routes in the world.
Day 1: Drive to Chyamje (1400 meter)
Day 2: Trek to Dharapani (1943 meter)
Day 3: Trek to Chame (2713 meter)
Day 4: Trek to Pisang (3185 meter)
Day 5: Trek to Manang (3540 meter)
Day 6: Acclimatization at Manang (visit Chonkor View Point)
Day 7: Trek to Khangsar (3760 meter)
Day 8: Trek to Tilicho Base Camp (4200 meter)
Day 9: Trek to Tilicho Lake (4919 meter) & back to Base Camp
Day 10: Trek to Yak Kharka (4000 meter)
Day 11: Trek to Thorong Phedi / High Camp (4500meter/4700meter)
Day 12: Trek to Muktinath (3800meter) after crossing Thorong La
Day 13: Trek to Jomsom (2720 meter)
Day 14: Drive to Pokhara (720 meter)
Day 15: Drive back to Kathmandu
- Airport pick up and drop off, upon arrival and departure in Kathmandu.
- Pre-trek meeting.
- All transportation: Kathmandu - Chyamje, Jomsom - Pokhara - Kathmandu.
- 1 night hotel accommodation in Pokhara with breakfast.
- 1 professional, licensed and English speaking mountain guide.
- Well experienced English speaking assistant guide if the group size exceeds 5+ persons.
- Guesthouse accommodation during the trek.
- Full board meal during the trek (Main course - breakfast, lunch and dinner).
- Worst case, help with all rescue and evacuation arrangements.
- All necessary trekking permits: Annapurna Conservation Area and Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) fee.
- First aid medical kit, Oxymeter to check pulse, heart rate and oxygen saturation at higher altitude.
- Unique Adventure sleeping bag, down jacket and duffel bag.
- All applicable taxes as pre the government rules and regulations.
- All organizational requirements.
- Hotel in KTM/Night
- Nepal Visa (USD 30 for 15 days or USD 50 for 30 days).
- Your international flight to and from Nepal.
- Travel insurance (for helicopter evacuation if needed whilst trekking).
- Hotels in Kathmandu.
- Porters to carry luggage (you can add a porter when booking).
- Bar and beverage bills, tea / coffee / drinking water. Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone, internet, battery charger, hot shower etc
- Tips for guide, porter, driver.
- Earn US$ 25+ in travel credits.
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Free cancellation up to 60 days prior departure, after which the deposit becomes non-refundable.Other Practical InformationRecommended Gear List: Good wind/rain jacket Warm fleece jacket or jersey Good boots, either lightweight trekking boots or light full leather boots Good 20 Sleeping bag (which can be rented or buy in Kathmandu) A comfortable day pack, preferably with a waistband. Fleece jacket or pullover Fleece WindStopper jacket (optional) Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket Down vest and/or jacket (optional) Lightweight gloves Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer Sun hat or scarf Light balaclava or warm fleece hat Sunglasses with UV protection Tshirts Underwear Hiking shorts Lightweight cotton long pants Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms Fleece or wool pants Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants Thin, lightweight inner socks Thick, warm wool hiking socks Hiking boots with spare laces Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals) Other necessary equipment: Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries Small pad or combination locktolock trek bag Basic First Aid Kit (We also provide comprehensive first aid medical kit and Oxymeter) Large plastic bags for keeping items dry inside trek bag Day pack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches) Water bottles (2 bottles recommended) Toiletries Small wash towel COVID-19 Safety Measures
This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:
- An average group size of maximum 8 people have been implemented on this tour to protect against COVID-19.
- Wearing a mask, hand washing and sanitizing has been implemented per local government advice. Frequent disinfection of regularly touched surfaces is highly encouraged. Hygiene safety measures and distancing will be ensured in our accommodations and also during transportation.
- Several COVID-19 distancing measures have been adopted on this package tour to keep travelers safe.
I’m not sure when to travel. Is February a good time for the Annapurna Circuit Trail in terms of weather? Or is March better?
The weather in February will be cold and snow is expected en route. However, the tour operator has confirmed that February is usually still a good time for the Annapurna Circuit Trail, especially in terms of less crowds. That said, March is springtime in Nepal, ideal weather for trekking in the Annapurna Region. The trekking trail is usually dry and without snow in March. For more information on seasons and climate in Nepal, see our best time to visit Nepal guide.
- Is there a “new” Annapurna circuit trail that avoids roads?
How much money do I need to bring with me?
Your personal budget obviously depends on your spending habits and what is included in your trip cost. If accommodation is included, but meals are not, we would suggest that you bring around 30 USD per day per person for meals. Having a hot shower or charging your device sometimes costs extra. There are also sometimes small crafts/souvenirs to buy along the trekking route which you may want to bring extra money for. Also, consider whether you would be staying in Kathmandu or Pokhara before or after your trek.
- I don't have a sleeping bag or poles for trekking. Can I rent them and if so, what is the cost?
How much should my backpack weigh?
A properly packed backpack (not including your day pack) should ideally not weigh more than 13 kg. It is also important to note that if you are taking a flight to the start of your trek, many smaller aircraft have weight restrictions. For example, if you are flying from Kathmandu to Lukla, you are only allowed 10kg of checked luggage, and 5 kg of hand baggage. Thus, in case of a small flight, you should ideally pack a 10 kg backpack for checked luggage, and then add 5 kg in your hand baggage. You can then re-shuffel the weigt once you start your trek at the trailhead.