Annapurna Circuit
13-Day Himalayan trek

From $1890.00
13 day adventure
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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!

Highlights

Summit Thorung La Pass (5,416 m)

Summit Thorung La Pass (5,416 m)

Cross the snowy Thorung La mountain pass at a height of 5,416 m above seal level!

Stay in remote mountain villages

Stay in remote mountain villages

Stay in isolated and tiny traditional mountain villages in the districts of Manang and Mustang.

Fly through Kali Gandaki Gorge

Fly through Kali Gandaki Gorge

Fly through the world's deepest gorge, with the Annapurna Mountains towering above you!!

Itinerary

  • Day 1 | Arrive in Kathmandu

    Arrive in Kathmandu

    We meet you at Tribhuvan Airport and drive to a B&B 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 B&B and you’re sorted: restaurants, shops and more are all right there.

  • Day 2 | Drive to Jagat via Besisahar

    Drive to Jagat 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 Jagat for the night. Jagat is a little village surrounded by trees, steep mountains and cliff faces.

  • Day 3 | Drive to Lower Pisang via Chame

    Drive to Lower Pisang via Chame

    This morning we drive to Chame, where we stop for lunch. Chame is a traditional village of stone buildings, and a colourful stupa sits atop the entryway. We then drive towards Lower Pisang (3,200 m). We're deep into the mountains now, with peaks rising towards the sky all around us. The village is surrounded by farms and then forest.

  • Day 4 | Trek to Manang (6 hr)

    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.

  • Day 5 | Trek to Kicho Tal (6 hr)

    Trek 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.

  • Day 6 | Acclimatisation day

    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 Associations Clinic. The clinic has an important role to play in the safety of locals and visitors to this part of the Nepali Himalayas.

  • Day 7 | Trek to Yak Kharka (6 hr)

    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).

  • Day 8 | Trek to Thorung Phedi (5 hr)

    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 take their toll. The paths are often narrow, contour paths around bare mountains, and have steep drop-offs.

  • Day 9 | Ranipauwa via Thorung La (7 hr)

    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 overnight at Ranipauwa (3,800 m).

  • Day 10 | Drive to Jomsom via Kagbeni

    Drive to Jomsom via Kagbeni

    We start the day with a visit to Shree Muktinath Temple, then we hit the road for a four-hour drive to Jomsom. En route we stop at Kagbeni, a mediaeval village, and visit the Buddhist Kag Chode Thupten Samphel Ling Gompa and meet the monks living there. We overnight at Jomsom (2,743 m), which sits on both sides of the Kali Gandaki River.

  • Day 11 | Fly to Pokhara

    Fly to Pokhara

    We start the day by taking a short flight from Jomsom to Pokhara. This is probably the most exhilarating flight you’ll ever take: we wind our way through the Kali Gandaki Gorge, the world’s deepest gorge! We overnight at a lakeside resort in Pokhara, a beautiful city. There's a 2 km-long zip line you can ride that takes you over treetops of Pokhara.

  • Day 12 | Drive to Kathmandu

    Drive to Kathmandu

    Today we have a drive of about seven hours to reach Kathmandu. We spend our last night at the upmarket hotel Yatri Suites and Spa in Thamel. There's time to explore the city, head to a restaurant for dinner, have a spa treatment – whatever takes your fancy!

  • Day 13 | Departure day

    Departure day

    It’s time to say goodbye and leave Nepal with memories that will stay with you for a lifetime. We’re going to miss you!

Meet our Local Leaders

Oangdi Gurung

Oangdi Gurung

Oangdi, a son of Nepal, has a smile and energy that are contagious! He's been leading multiday treks in the Himalayas for years and has a wealth of knowledge he's always eager to share. You can't go trekking in the Himalayas without knowing what you're doing, but with Oangdi you're in great hands!

Sonam Sherpa

Sonam Sherpa

Sonam, who grew up in the Annapurna region of Nepal, is a mountain man through and through. He's a highly experienced and knowledgeable trek guide, and someone you can trust to lead you safely through the formidable Himalayas!

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