Annapurna Circuit

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4.5 Based on 7 Reviews
  • COVID-19protected
  • Trekking
  • Adventure
  • Natural landmarks sightseeing
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  • duration 22 days
  • tour type Group
  • age requirement 16+ yrs
  • max group size 16
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
  • Starts Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Ends Kathmandu, Nepal
  • +16
HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • New improved route for 2020 using New Annapurna Trekking Trails (NATT)
  • One of the world's classic treks
  • Cross the formidable Thorong La pass
  • Chance to see the sunrise from Poon Hill
Start and end in Kathmandu, the Annapurna Circuit tour is a guided trekking tour that takes 22 days. You will travel through Upper Pisang, Tatopani, Kathmandu and 15 other destinations in Nepal. Annapurna Circuit is a small group tour which includes accommodation, transport, meals and others.

The Annapurna Circuit - rightly known as Nepal's classic trek - offers more variety than any other equivalent length trek, taking us through virtually every type of scenery that Nepal has to offer. There are superb views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri and an amazing variety of landscapes ranging from sub-tropical through alpine peaks to an arid semi-desert akin to Tibet. The climax of the trek is crossing the iconic Thorong La Pass (5416m). Based in teahouses throughout, we also get to spend time in villages inhabited by many of Nepal's different peoples, both Buddhist and Hindu.
4.5 - Excellent
Based on 7 reviews
Annapurna Circuit Feb 17
4 - Very Good
  • On Apr 16 2017
“This classic trek is not for the faint hearted. Although the distances covered are not great, the fact that much of the trek is above 3000m means that effort required is significant and the day crossing the Throng La Pass at over 5400m is by far the most strenous with a 4am start and 1500m climb - equivalant to climbing Ben Nevis from the summit of Mt Blanc. The trek has been very well thought out with slack included just in case there are delays on the pass due to weather or sickness. The mountain views are awesome but there are also stretches of near desert where the going isn't quite so good.”
Bill McOwan
5 - Excellent
  • On Apr 16 2017
“An excellent trip even though we could not complete the circuit because of the disaster on the Thorong La pass. My and I am sure the rest of the groups thoughts are with the families and friends of those who died or were injured in the storm.”
Beyond Expectations
5 - Excellent
  • On Apr 16 2017
“An absolutely amazing trip. Nepal is such a beautiful country with very beautiful, kind and open people, and this trips opens a door into this culture. I have been mountain trekking and altitude trekking before, but this is by far my most favorite trip: first, there's plenty time to acclimatize, a very gentle way up, with gradual increase in altitude, easy on the body (considering the trip and the physical activity). I found it easier on this trip than my other experiences (Kilimanjaro, Toubkal). And one of the things I enjoyed the most is passing villages, seeing the local people and how they live. You are embedded in the local culture from the start and to the end. This makes Nepal quite distinct! The landscapes change every day, and you can't help but want to one picture after another. The food and accomodation are mostly basic, but one has to expect it on these kinds of trips, and as long as you have the right expectations, you'd be able to enjoy it hugely.”
Annapurna Circuit 12 November - 2 December 2017
4 - Very Good
    “A very good tour with an excellent team which was only fair when it came to the transparency of the costs and to a few below standard accommodations, even in the local context.”
    ITINERARY Expand All
    • Day 1: Start Kathmandu
    • Day 2: Scenic drive to Ngaddi via Besisahar; begin trek to Bauhundanda
    • Day 3: Visit Tallo Chiple village and cross the Marsyangdi Valley to Jagat
    • Day 4: Reach the village of Dharapani
    • Day 5: Visit Odar village. Climb to Temang, then descend to Chame
    • Day 6: Continue ascending through forested hillsides past the rock face of Paungdi Danda to Upper Pisang
    • Day 7: Climb high above the valley on a wonderful high trail to Ngawal
    • Day 8: Follow the high trail from Ngawal via Julu to Manang
    • Day 9: Trek to Yak Kharka; afternoon acclimatisation walk
    • Day 10: Short half day walk to Phedi, at the foot of the Thorong La
    • Day 11: Cross the Thorong La (5416m) to Muktinath, a place of pilgrimage
    • Day 12: Trek through beautiful barren landscapes to Kagbeni
    • Day 13: Follow the Kali Gandaki Gorge, beneath the great peaks of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna via Dumba Lake to Marpha
    • Day 14: Continue following the Kali Gandaki Valley to Larjung
    • Day 15: *Cross the Kali Gandaki and trek through Titi Tal, Kunjo and Jipre Deurali to Ghasa*
    • Day 16: Follow an undulating trail through small settlements to Tatopani, famous for its hot springs
    • Day 17: A long climb up through the villages of Ghara, Shika and Chitre to Ghorepani
    • Day 18: Optional early morning walk up Poon Hill for sunrise before a long descent to Birethanthi
    • Day 19: Short walk to Naya Pul and drive to Pokhara; afternoon free
    • Day 20: Free day in Pokhara
    • Day 21: Fly to Kathmandu
    • Day 22: End Kathmandu
    • 4 nights standard hotels and 17 nights teahouses
    • All breakfasts 
    • Travel by private bus and one internal flight
    • All transport and listed activities
    • Internal flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu
    • (if booking incl. flights)
    • 18 days point-to-point walking with full porterage
    • Group normally 4 to 16, plus tour leader and local staff. Min. age 16 yrs
    • Altitude maximum 5416m, average 2800m
    • Snow and ice may be encountered
    • Morning bed-tea on trek
    • Welcome drink at each overnight lodge
    • 4 nights standard hotels and 17 nights teahouses
    • Tour leader throughout, plus local staff (staff to client ratio of 1:4 on trek)
    • Arrival and departure transfers
    • Full porterage throughout trek
    • Exodus kitbag 
    • Trekking map (provided locally)
    • Trekking permit and national park fees
    • Any international flights to/from Kathmandu are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
    • Travel insurance is not included in this Annapurna Circuit tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
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    No additional cancellation fees apply for this Annapurna Circuit tour. You can cancel the tour up to 62 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 61 days of departure.


    For any tour departures within 16 August 2021, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 16 August 2021, a deposit of 10% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 61 days before trip departure.

    Travel Insurance

    Annapurna Circuit tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.


    For this Annapurna Circuit tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

    COVID-19 Safety Measures

    This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

    • This tour has received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s ‘Safe Travels’ stamp, which provides travellers with assurance that COVID-19 health and hygiene protocols have been adhered to.
    • An average group size of maximum 10 people have been implemented on this tour to protect against COVID-19. Local authority requirements will furthermore be followed.
    • Wearing a mask, hand washing and sanitizing has been implemented on this package tour. Frequently touched surfaces are regularly disinfected. Hygiene safety measures and distancing will furthermore be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
    • Several COVID-19 distancing measures have been adopted on this package tour to keep travellers safe.
    QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about this tour.
    • 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.

    • Is quarantine in Nepal in effect for arriving visitors?

      In response to the current Covid situation, rules for arriving visitors may change frequently and sometimes without notice. Please check the government travel pages and advisories of your home country and the official website of the Nepal Tourism board here.

    • What happens if someone gets altitude sickness, does the rest of the group continue on?

      It depends on the situation. Sometimes, altitude sickness can be treated and the trekker may wish to continue. If not, the rest of the group can continue on if they want and the sick person can descend.

    • How does it work with a porter?

      Generally, the porter will pick up the baggage in the morning and drop it at the hotel in the evening. You will not always be walking with your porter or have access to your bag during the day, while trekking. 

    • Is a visa on arrival available?

      Typically, yes. However, in response to the current Covid situation, rules for arriving visitors may change frequently and sometimes without notice. It may be necessary to obtain a tourist visa in your own country before travel. For updated information on visas, please check the Nepal Tourism Board and the Government of Nepal Immigration websites.


    If you have any question about this tour or need help with planning a trip, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us. We're ready to help.
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