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Annapurna Circuit Trek

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Trek through the incredible Annapurna region and be awed by the Nepalese Himalayas. These snow-capped peaks, mist-shrouded valleys, isolated communities and remote monasteries will inspire those with a bold spirit and a yearning for a definitive nature experience. Reach altitudes of more than 5000 metres, discover the ancestral traditions of the local people and immerse yourself completely in the spectacular mountain wilderness of the Annapurna Circuit. This is a challenging trip, but the sense of accomplishment will leave even the most seasoned trekker with some unforgettable memories.

Trip Name
Annapurna Circuit Trek
Last Updated
2024-03-02
Days
15
Capacity
12
Highlights
  • Ascend to the clouds and reach an altitude of 5416 metres as you cross the Thorung La Pass along the Annapurna Circuit. Testing your mind and body, this is one hell of an accomplishment.
  • Uncover a different side of the Himalayas, trekking past terraced rice fields, oak and rhododendron forests, there’s a diverse array of nature that awaits in the Annapurna region.
  • Learn about life in Nepalese mountain communities, get to know locals and meet other trekkers while you stay in teahouses in the small communities along the way.
  • Discover Nepal’s compact capital in Kathmandu. With a limited amount of time spent here to discover its bazaars and temples, why not extend your stay beforehand to get a real feel of Nepalese culture.
  • Spend time in the peaceful haven of Pokhara after your trek has finished. Relax with your small group on the banks of Phewa Lake and take in the mountainous surrounds that you have conquered!
  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll directly support our Intrepid Foundation partner, Sagarmatha Next. Donations help them remove waste responsibly and turn rubbish into art in the Everest region.

Itinerary

ITINERARY CHANGES Our itineraries are updated regularly throughout the year based on customer feedback and to reflect the current situation in each destination. The information included in this Essential Trip Information may therefore differ from when you first booked your trip. It's important that you review this information prior to travel so that you have the latest updates. Due to weather, local conditions, transport schedules, public holidays, political unrest or other factors, further changes may be necessary to your itinerary once in-country. Your group leader or local representative will keep you up to date with any such changes once your trip is underway. OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES A selection of optional activities that have been popular with past travellers are listed in the day-to-day itinerary. This isn't an exhaustive list and should be used as a guide only for some of what might be available. Prices are approximate, are for entrance fees only, and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability, and maybe on a join-in basis. It may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination, so some pre-planning for what you are most interested in is advised. When it's recommended that travellers pre-book these activities, look for a note in the Special Information section of the day-to-day itinerary. For most, they can either be organised independently on the day, or let your group leader or local representative know you are interested at the Welcome Meeting and they can assist. Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. Although it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Medium and high-risk activities not listed above have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and group leader or local representative are unable to assist you with organising these activities. Activities that contravene our Responsible Travel policies are also not listed. Please remember that the decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk.

Day 1 - Kathmandu
Namaste! Welcome to Nepal. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 2 pm in Kathmandu, the colourful capital of Nepal. This place is a fascinating blend of traditional architecture and symbols of the 20th century. Its rich artistic and cultural heritage is evident where ornately carved balconies mingle with beautiful shrines and temples. If you arrive early, why not check out Durbar Square with its temples, markets and busy atmosphere. It is also worth the climb to visit the Swayambhunath – the 'monkey temple'. Explore the network of street markets and alley bazaars and Pashupatinath. For those with a few extra days in Kathmandu, the neighbouring towns of Patan and Bhaktapur are also well worth a visit.
Day 2 - Ngadi (930m / 3051ft)
This morning, drive to Besisahar to immediately immerse yourself in the spectacular mountain wilderness that encompasses the Annapurna Range. After lunch you’ll begin your trek straight away, heading to Ngadi. Hit the trail that takes you through Besisahar bazaar leading downstream, followed by a climb up the rocky steps. There are several ups and downs as the trail makes its way through sub-tropical forests and rice paddies of Sera. Further along, traverse a suspension bridge across Khudi Khola and arrive at Bhulbule. Resume on the trail that passes the Marshyangdi River on a long suspension bridge as Bhulbule is left behind. Once the Ngadi River is crossed, the trail gently leads upwards through scrub forests and across landslides for a short distance, which then leads to few teashops and cold-drink stalls located opposite the rice paddies of Lampata, eventually leading to Bahundanda (hill of the Brahmins) – a charming village in the saddle of a long ridge. At 8091 m, Annapurna I is one of the highest mountains in the world. Its surrounding sister mountains are equally imposing, creating magnificent panoramas from any viewpoint. Throughout this trip’s trekking you’ll come across isolated mountain communities, each with different ancestral customs and traditions, meaning a visually and culturally memorable expedition. You’ll meet warm and welcoming locals herding yaks and goats on the grassy pastures and visit their monasteries and temples, pass waterfalls of melted snow, cross icy rivers, walk along broad plains and hike up high mountain passes.
Day 3 - Chamje (1430m / 4692ft)
Keep an eye out for dazzling cascades along your trail today as it makes its way through a deep wooded canyon with a few stretches of steep climbing. Wander through rice paddies, follow winding trails through sub-tropical forest, cross suspension bridges swaying over raging rivers, pass waterfalls of melted snow and climb steep mountain passes. Over the next ten days you’ll come across isolated mountain communities, each with different ancestral customs and traditions. Be prepared to be inspired, mesmerised, challenged and delighted.
Day 4 - Dharapani (1860m / 6102ft)
Today’s trek continues through the deep wooded canyon embellished by stunning waterfalls. You’ll be venturing into the Manang district of the mountain range, with much of the trail ascending throughout the day.
Day 5 - Chame (2670m / 8760ft)
Marking the end of the great Marsyangdi Gorge, make a steep climb to Timang, then the trail settles into gentler slopes as the vegetation transforms from dense pine forests to drier slopes. The district headquarters of Manang, Chame, is the largest settlement after Besisahar.
Day 6 - Pisang (3200m / 10499ft)
A slew of breathtaking scenery is on the cards today as the trail goes through a deep gorge, then past the great sweeping slope of Paungi Danda. On they way to Chame stop at a beautiful apple orchid for a tea/coffee break and perhaps try one of the fresh bakery treats on offer. Today is mostly an easy walk with few ascending stretches of trail dotted throughout the day. 
Day 7 - Manang (3540m / 11614ft)
Trek the northern trail via upper Pisang and Ghyaru – an area renowned for its spectacular views. It is now drier and you are sure to come across local farmers herding yaks. Here’s a hot tip – Tibetan yaks take a special interest in people wearing red, so choose your gear carefully today!
Day 8 - Manang (3540m / 11614ft)
Spend a day here to acclimatise by doing some high climbing, then return to the lower altitude of Manang for the night. Manang, a village of about 500 flat-roofed houses, offers excellent views of Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Gangapurna and Chulu East.
Day 9 - Yak Kharka (4050m / 13287ft)
Today will be a steadily uphill climb into the alpine region of the mountain range. You’ll arrive at Yak Kharka, ready for an easier day of trekking tomorrow to acclimatise to the high altitude.
Day 10 - Phedi (4525m / 14846ft)
Due to the altitude, feel free to take the next section of the climb at a leisurely pace, meaning you’ll have time to admire the magnificent views from this part of the route. Once at Phedi, there will be plenty of time to rest and acclimatise to the higher elevations ready for the next part of the climb where you will encounter the Thorung La Pass – the highest point on this Annapurna Explorer.
Day 11 - Muktinath (3800m / 12467ft)
Setting off very early to cross the Thorung La Pass (5416 m), the trail is steep but easy to follow. After between 4 to 6 hours climbing, reach the Pass's peak, adorned with prayer flags, a traditional stupa (chorten) and stone cairns built by travellers. Stop to admire the stunning views and marvel at how far you've climbed. Further along, the trail descends steeply proceeding towards Chabarbu. From here on, the trail crosses meadows, drops into a deep ravine, climbs out and follows a wide trail into Muktinath – a pilgrimage site held in great reverence by both Hindu and Buddhist populations.
Day 12 - Jomsom (2800m / 9186ft)
Veer off the main trekking trail to make a side trip to an ancient village of Purang. Further up from the village, continue to take the less frequented route going past another village with a medieval feel to it – Jhong. From Jhong, descend to the Jhing Khola (river), following the course which you emerge on to Kagbeni. From Kagbeni we will hop on a public bus back to Jomsom.
Day 13 - Pokhara
Depart early on a 4WD from Jomsom, stopping in Tatopani for an included lunch, opt for a well-earned visit to the Tatopani Hot Springs (especially rewarding after multiple days trekking). After, continue your journey to Pokhara. Pokhara is a peaceful lakeside location which rests beneath the snow-capped peaks of the Annapurna Range. A once vibrant trade route extending between India and Tibet, this is the land of Magars and Gurungs, hardworking farmers and valorous warriors who have earned worldwide fame as Gurkha soldiers. The Thakalis, another important ethnic group here, are known for their entrepreneurship. When you arrive, maybe sip on a cold brew and gaze up at the dramatic pass that you have just conquered. There are plenty of lakeside cafes where you can enjoy international cuisine, while the main street is full of shops and stalls selling a wide range of Nepali and Tibetan souvenirs.
Day 14 - Pokhara
Enjoy a free day in Pokhara to unwind, relax and give those muscles a rest after all that trekking. Your leader can advise you of sightseeing opportunities. It is worth taking a boat for a row out on the lake, especially if the weather's fine. The lakeside area has great shopping and cafes. Pokhara has an interesting old area as well as an elaborate Hindu temple and a Buddhist monastery. Perhaps visit the Peace Pagoda, where spectacular views of the mountains await. You can see the Annapurnas from here, and the famous fishtail peak, Machhapuchhare, and back across to Pokhara. You can also visit the fascinating International Mountain Museum to learn some amazing tales of past climbing expeditions.
Day 15 - Pokhara
With no activities planned for today, you are free to leave at any time. Pokhara is a stunning and peaceful lakeside haven, so if you would like to spend more time here, we’ll be happy to organise additional accommodation (subject to availability).

Trip Dates

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15-03-202429-03-2024AUD $ 1,899-
17-03-202431-03-2024AUD $ 2,106-
24-03-202407-04-2024AUD $ 1,976-
31-03-202414-04-2024AUD $ 2,415-
02-04-202416-04-2024AUD $ 2,390-
05-04-202419-04-2024AUD $ 2,390-
07-04-202421-04-2024AUD $ 2,052-
12-04-202426-04-2024AUD $ 2,300-
14-04-202428-04-2024AUD $ 2,395-
19-04-202403-05-2024AUD $ 1,959-
21-04-202405-05-2024AUD $ 2,074-
26-04-202410-05-2024AUD $ 2,390-
28-04-202412-05-2024AUD $ 2,415-
05-05-202419-05-2024AUD $ 2,415-
10-05-202424-05-2024AUD $ 2,130-
12-05-202426-05-2024AUD $ 2,110-
01-09-202415-09-2024AUD $ 2,110-
08-09-202422-09-2024AUD $ 2,110-
13-09-202427-09-2024AUD $ 2,110-
15-09-202429-09-2024AUD $ 2,110-
22-09-202406-10-2024AUD $ 2,215-
26-09-202410-10-2024AUD $ 2,195-
29-09-202413-10-2024AUD $ 2,260-
04-10-202418-10-2024AUD $ 2,415-
06-10-202420-10-2024AUD $ 2,325-
08-10-202422-10-2024AUD $ 2,305-
11-10-202425-10-2024AUD $ 2,280-
13-10-202427-10-2024AUD $ 2,280-
15-10-202429-10-2024AUD $ 2,280-
18-10-202401-11-2024AUD $ 2,280-
20-10-202403-11-2024AUD $ 2,280-
22-10-202405-11-2024AUD $ 2,280-
25-10-202408-11-2024AUD $ 2,280-
27-10-202410-11-2024AUD $ 2,325-
29-10-202412-11-2024AUD $ 2,215-
01-11-202415-11-2024AUD $ 2,195-
03-11-202417-11-2024AUD $ 2,195-
10-11-202424-11-2024AUD $ 2,415-
15-11-202429-11-2024AUD $ 2,195-
17-11-202401-12-2024AUD $ 2,215-
24-11-202408-12-2024AUD $ 2,110-
29-11-202413-12-2024AUD $ 2,110-
15-12-202429-12-2024AUD $ 2,110-
29-12-202412-01-2025AUD $ 2,110-
12-01-202526-01-2025AUD $ 2,215-
28-01-202511-02-2025AUD $ 2,215-
31-01-202514-02-2025AUD $ 2,215-
09-02-202523-02-2025AUD $ 2,215-
23-02-202509-03-2025AUD $ 2,215-
02-03-202516-03-2025AUD $ 2,215-
09-03-202523-03-2025AUD $ 2,305-
16-03-202530-03-2025AUD $ 2,305-
18-03-202501-04-2025AUD $ 2,305-
23-03-202506-04-2025AUD $ 2,305-
30-03-202513-04-2025AUD $ 2,305-
01-04-202515-04-2025AUD $ 2,305-
06-04-202520-04-2025AUD $ 2,305-
08-04-202522-04-2025AUD $ 2,305-
13-04-202527-04-2025AUD $ 2,395-
15-04-202529-04-2025AUD $ 2,395-
20-04-202504-05-2025AUD $ 2,395-
22-04-202506-05-2025AUD $ 2,395-
26-04-202510-05-2025AUD $ 2,305-
27-04-202511-05-2025AUD $ 2,305-
29-04-202513-05-2025AUD $ 2,305-
04-05-202518-05-2025AUD $ 2,215-
06-05-202520-05-2025AUD $ 2,215-
10-05-202524-05-2025AUD $ 2,215-
13-05-202527-05-2025AUD $ 2,215-
02-09-202516-09-2025AUD $ 2,215-
07-09-202521-09-2025AUD $ 2,215-
14-09-202528-09-2025AUD $ 2,215-
16-09-202530-09-2025AUD $ 2,215-
21-09-202505-10-2025AUD $ 2,215-
23-09-202507-10-2025AUD $ 2,215-
28-09-202512-10-2025AUD $ 2,215-
30-09-202514-10-2025AUD $ 2,305-
03-10-202517-10-2025AUD $ 2,305-
05-10-202519-10-2025AUD $ 2,305-
07-10-202521-10-2025AUD $ 2,395-
10-10-202524-10-2025AUD $ 2,395-
12-10-202526-10-2025AUD $ 2,395-
14-10-202528-10-2025AUD $ 2,395-
17-10-202531-10-2025AUD $ 2,395-
19-10-202502-11-2025AUD $ 2,395-
21-10-202504-11-2025AUD $ 2,395-
24-10-202507-11-2025AUD $ 2,395-
26-10-202509-11-2025AUD $ 2,395-
28-10-202511-11-2025AUD $ 2,395-
31-10-202514-11-2025AUD $ 2,395-
02-11-202516-11-2025AUD $ 2,395-
07-11-202521-11-2025AUD $ 2,395-
09-11-202523-11-2025AUD $ 2,395-
14-11-202528-11-2025AUD $ 2,395-
16-11-202530-11-2025AUD $ 2,305-
21-11-202505-12-2025AUD $ 2,305-
23-11-202507-12-2025AUD $ 2,305-
28-11-202512-12-2025AUD $ 2,305-
30-11-202514-12-2025AUD $ 2,305-
14-12-202528-12-2025AUD $ 2,215-
28-12-202511-01-2026AUD $ 2,215-

Accommodation

Guesthouse (1 night),Hotel (3 nights),Teahouse (10 nights)

Transport

Private vehicle

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