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12-day Annapurna Circuit trek

Trips/Annapurna Circuit

12 days

The Annapurna Circuit is known all around the world for its gorgeous and varied scenery and cultural highlights. It's one of the very best high-altitude treks and an absolute bucket-list must! Climb high into the Himalayas and stay in small, wind-blasted villages. Meet the local people as well as trekkers from all over. And stand on Thorung La Pass at a whopping 5,416 m above sea level!

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Detailed Itinerary

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Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu

We meet you at Tribhuvan International Airport and drive to the hotel in Thamel, a district of Kathmandu, for the night. If you arrive early enough and wish to explore Thamel a little, you can just step out of the hotel and you’re sorted: restaurants, shops and more are all right there.

Ours. Votive temples and shrines in a row at Pashupatinath Temple, Kathmandu, Nepal

Day 2: Drive to Ngadi via Besisahar

After an early rise, we drive west in our private vehicle. This is the perfect time to get to know your fellow hikers. We stop for lunch at Besisahar, a town in a wide, green valley. We then head up narrow, windy roads into the mountains to reach Ngadi for the night.

Field Nepal

Day 3: Trek to Chame (4 hr)

This morning we drive to Bagarchhap and then in the afternoon trek to Chame among the rhododendron forests. It's an incredibly scenic journey as we pass through dramatic gorges and see some beautiful waterfalls. Chame is a traditional village of stone buildings, and a colourful stupa sits atop the arched entryway.

Annapurna Circuit lush green scenery home waterfall trees Nepal

Day 4: Trek to Manang (6 hr)

Today we start hiking! We head northwest up the Marsyangdi River valley, the most beautiful stretch of the entire circuit. To the south you can see the magnificent peaks of Annapurna II and III. We overnight at the town of Manang (3,540 m), which has a a distinctly Tibetan culture. We spend three nights in Manang to help us acclimatise.

Suspension bridge across river, Annapurna Circuit paking list

Day 5: Day hike to Kicho Tal (6 hr)

Today we embark on a scenic round-trip hike to Kicho Tal (the 'Ice Lake'). This involves a climb of 1,000 m, so while it's short, it's tough. Kicho Tal is an incredibly beautiful lake. It's surrounded by snowy mountains, including Tilicho Peak, and you'll be blown away by the pristine lake itself. One really feels the remoteness here.

Nepal Annapurna Circuit trek group photo

Day 6: Acclimatisation day

Today is another acclimatisation day. We take it slowly and spend our day resting, playing games, reading, exploring Manang (which has a population of 7,000), and also visiting the Himalayan Rescue Association Clinic. The clinic has an important role to play in the safety of locals and visitors to this part of the Nepali Himalayas.

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Day 7: Trek to Yak Kharka (6 hr)

Today we continue up Marsyangdi River valley, passing small villages en route. The trail winds through a harsh and windswept landscape. The views are unbelievable, with Annapurna II, III and IV, as well as Gangapurna, visible most of the day. Look for herds of grazing musk deer. We overnight in the hardy mountainside village of Yak Kharka (4,018 m).

Horse Annapurna Circuit trek Nepal

Day 8: Trek to Thorung Phedi (5 hr)

This morning we continue up the valley towards Thorung Phedi (4,450 m), our final stopover before we summit Thorung La Pass. It's a relatively short trek, but as we’re climbing ever higher, the effects of the reduced oxygen intake take their toll. The paths are often narrow, contour paths around bare mountains, and have steep drop-offs.

Annapurna Circuit trek trail Nepal

Day 9: Ranipauwa via Thorung La (7 hr)

Today we summit Thorung La Pass at a dizzying 5,416 m above sea level. The view from up here makes you feel like you might be sitting at the top of the world! To the west you can see the snow-capped Dhaulagiri mountain range. We then descend steeply into isolated Mustang District, where we're met and driven south to Jomsom.

prayer-flags Thorung La Annapurna Circuit trek Nepal

Day 10: Explore Pokhara

We take a short flight to Pokhara that winds through the Kali Gandaki, the world’s deepest gorge! We overnight at a lakeside resort in Pokhara, a beautiful city. We spend the afternoon exploring the town and having fun on the lake. We can also zipline down to the city from the nearby mountains!

Pokhara boats Nepal

Day 11: Explore Kathmandu

We spend the morning exploring Pokhara and doing anything we didn't get to do yesterday. In the early afternoon we fly back to Kathmandu – it's a short, 30-minute plane ride. There's time to explore the city a bit in the afternoon or have a spa treatment. And in the evening we can head to a restaurant for final dinner together.

owl snowy Kathmandu Nepal

Day 12: Farewell

We drive you to the airport and say our goodbyes. We hope to see you on another one of our trips soon!

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Inclusions

Airport transfers

All domestic flights

All road travel

Some meals before and after trek

All meals on trek

Drinking water on trek

Experienced, English-speaking trek guide

Porter

All taxes and permits

Group medical supplies

Group route map

International airfares

Nepali visa

Traveller's insurance

Trek guide and porter tips

Snacks, mineral water, cool drinks and alcohol

Wi-Fi on trek

Charging of tech items on trek

Any luggage in excess of 15 kg on domestic flights

What others have to say

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Silvia MotaNov 2019
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