Annapurna Circuit

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5.0 Based on 16 Reviews
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  • duration 22 days
  • tour type Group
  • age requirement 16+ yrs
  • max group size 16
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
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  • Starts Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Ends Kathmandu, Nepal
  • +16
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  • Improved route using New Annapurna Trekking Trails (NATT)One of the world's classic treks
Start and end in Kathmandu, the "Annapurna Circuit" trip is a guided trekking trip that takes 22 days. You will travel through Bhulebule, Chame, Ghorepani and 15 other destinations in Nepal. "Annapurna Circuit" is a small group trip 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.
CUSTOMER REVIEWS
5 - Excellent
Based on 16 reviews
  • Anonymous
  • On Mar 11 2020
5 - Excellent
A Fantastic Trek
“A great place for a challenging trek. The scenery was amazing and all the people of Nepal, that i met, were friendly and hospitable. The Himalayas really are great cathedrals of nature and were a pleasure to see as the group travelled through the Annapurna Circuit. Our tour leader, Tenzi Sherpa, and lead guide Kaji Sherpa were fantastic and professional at all times during the tour, providing support, words of encouragement and lots of cups of tea. They enhanced the trek with professional service at all times.”
  • Anonymous
  • On Jan 13 2020
5 - Excellent
Annapurna, Thorong La and Excellent Guide
“Completed the Annapurna Circuit in December 19, as I had previously done the EBC trip and was aware of just how great Nepal is. The ACT did not disappoint and I was again amazed by the scenery, wildlife and the friendliness of the local people. The trek uses tea houses for accommodation with hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhora at the start and finish of the trip. All of these provide good accommodation with acceptable amenities and I could not fault the food. 3 weeks in duration, it contains about 17 days of treking. Despite being graded tough it is the crossing of the Thorong La pass at 5,416m that gives it this rating. The trek to Gohrepani and Poon hill are less difficult as they are not at altitude. Therefore, it is eminently achievable, even if you are not that experienced at altitude. Most days are between 5-8 hours treking, but the pace is sedate enough to allow you to acclimatise and get the most from the environment. Our guide - Dorjee Sherpa was outstanding. A young man full of enthusiasm and knowledge Who enhanced the entire experience”
  • Anonymous
  • On Jan 12 2020
5 - Excellent
Absolutely Amazing Scenery
“This was my first trip to the Annapurna region and chosen because I'm not sure what it will look like in even 5 years time with all the road development going on. Yes, there are a couple of days where you're walking on a dirt road which used to be the trail but the lasting memories are of the spectacular scenery, the fantastic Nepalese people, the great camaraderie in our group and our leaders who were superb organisers and really good fun as well. The first time you catch sight of the Annapurna range is just awe-inspiring as the snow-capped peaks tower above you. You could never tire of that amazing panorama. Other obvious highlights are crossing Thorong La pass at 5,400 metres (it got tough above 5,000 metres!), the sunrise on the top of Poon Hill and the numerous river crossings on suspension bridges. However, I will also take away the warmth of the local people, the great food, the little insights you get into Nepalese village life as you walk through the mountain villages and a better appreciation of the people and their culture. They have far fewer material possessions than people in the UK but seem to smile a lot more - a lesson in there I think. I would recommend this trip to anyone who has a love of mountains and different cultures but don't wait too long because the 'development' of the Annapurna Sanctuary area continues at a pace so the landscape is changing, and not necessarily for the better if you like your trekking without too much traffic.”
  • Anonymous
  • On May 18 2019
5 - Excellent
Amazing adventure
“This was the most wonderful trip. Words really cant describe it. The Himalayas are awesome, the walking wonderful. Going over the tharong la pass was immensely challenging and we all made it. We saw wonderful sights, a baby vulture still with its white down, magnificent mountains, the sun rising over Poon hill, isolated villages where we were welcomed as we walked through, temples and monasteries. The food was freshly cooked throughout. The only down side was that some walking involved going along the road which is being build along the trek. If youre thinking of going on this trek, I would recommend going sooner rather than later as this road continues to be built. It was lovely walking in the company of like minded people and we had a lot of laughs and supported each other throughout. Gun, our leader and his fellow guides could not have done more. They were kind, supported where needed, acted as nature leaders, made sure we had everything we needed. One final point. This is graded at a level 5 and it feels harder than that. We had 19 days walking, starting usually at 7.30am (usually up by 6.15-30 ..... Gum only let us have an extra 30 mins sleep after crossing the tharong la pass ) and finishing at 4-5. So in summary. Tough and extraordinarily wonderful !! Go for it.”
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
WHAT'S INCLUDED
Accommodation
  • 4 nights standard hotels and 17 nights teahouses
Meals
  • All breakfasts Morning bed-tea on trek
Transport
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Internal flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu
Others
  • Welcome drink at each overnight lodge
  • Full porterage throughout trek
  • Exodus kitbag Trekking map (provided locally)Trekking permit and national park fees
WHAT'S EXCLUDED
  • 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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CANCELLATION

No additional cancellation fees apply for this Annapurna Circuit tour. You can cancel the tour up to 91 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 90 days of departure.

Payment

For any tour departures within 17 January 2022, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 17 January 2022, a deposit of 25% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 90 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.

Visa

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.

  • 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.

     

  • 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.

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