- duration 22 days
- tour type Group
- age requirement 16+ yrs
- guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
- 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
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.
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
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
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.Payment
For any tour departures within 25 March 2021, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 25 March 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.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.
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 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.
- Do I need a porter?
Do I require a porter for carrying water?
On most popular treks you can expect plenty of places where you can refill your water bottle, meaning you don’t need to carry a huge water supply with you. Bring an extra bottle of water if you are concerned. If you already have a porter, you can ask him/her to carry water as long as it is within the weight limit. Another option is to carry water purification tablets or LifeStraw, both of which can be found in Kathmandu.
When should I arrive in Kathmandu before the tour?
We suggest that you arrive at least one day prior to the start day of the trek because the tour operators usually require one working day to arrange trekking permits. Arrive earlier if you want to explore Kathmandu on your own or acclimate to any time differences.