The Annapurna Circuit has often been voted as one of the best long distance treks in the world. On this 68 mile (110km) trek, discover dazzling biodiversity with epic views of some of the biggest mountains in the world. The Annapurna Circuit weaves a path through central Nepal to remote mountain villages, ancient temples and monasteries displaying a world that has remained almost unchanged for centuries.
TO ALPINE PLAINS
On this 15 day-trek, we’ll experience every climate Nepal has to offer. We’ll hike through dense jungle forests, terraced rice fields with sweeping mountain views, and along dramatic high-altitude pathways through the mighty Himalayas.
We’ll climb to an altitude of 5,416 meters (17,770 feet) through the Thorong La Pass,
one of the highest mountain passes in the world, and spend the later half of the trip surrounded by peaks that rise around 6,000-8,000 meters in elevation from the Annapurna Range. By the end of the trail, you’ll discover why so many consider this trek a life-changing experience.
Amidst each footfall on challenging paths and every breath of mountain air, we inch closer to the untamed core of the Annapurna Circuit.
Join a group of 7-12 adventure seekers for an unforgettable journey through Nepal’s Annapurna Circuit. Amidst mist-shrouded peaks, cascading waterfalls, and towering cliffs, we conquer challenging trails that test our mettle. With over 4000m-high trails and steep slopes, perseverance becomes our compass. Yet, with each arduous step and every mountainous vista, a symphony of awe-inspiring beauty and personal growth unfolds.
The Annapurna Circuit beckons those who seek to immerse themselves in untamed splendor, where hiking becomes a transformative odyssey. Together, we’ll embark on a harmonious dance of exploration, where panoramic vistas and boundless horizons become the backdrop to a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.
Conquer the Thorong La Pass (5.416m / 17,769ft), the highest mountain pass on the region.
THE CHARM OF LOCAL TEAHOUSES
Overnighting in local teahouses in Nepal amplifies the adventure, immersing you in the heart of the Himalayas. It’s an extraordinary experience that connects you with the local culture, offers a glimpse into the lives of the mountain communities, and fosters a sense of camaraderie with fellow trekkers.
Gather around the communal dining rooms, where stories are exchanged, laughter fills the air, and friendships are forged.
While the comforts may be basic, the experience is anything but ordinary. The absence of modern luxuries is more than compensated by the awe-inspiring beauty that envelopes you and the genuine connections you form along the way. Each night spent in these teahouses becomes a cherished memory, etching a deeper appreciation for the breathtaking landscapes and the resilient spirit of the Himalayan people in your heart.
Your guides will meet you at Tribhuvan International Airport with transportation to your accommodation. You’ll have some time to rest at your hotel before we head out for a welcome dinner at a Nepalese restaurant in the heart of the city. Here you’ll get to know your guides and fellow travelers while we have a detailed discussion of the plan ahead.
We’ll spend our first day visiting the many heritage sites of Kathmandu—the Hindu pilgrimage temple of Pashupatinath, the Boudhanath Stupa and the ‘Monkey Temple’ to name a few. This is a great opportunity to learn more about Nepalese culture and traditions before we embark on the renowned sacred pilgrimage of the Annapurna Circuit.
At some point, we’ll double check your hiking equipment and mountain gear in case you need to purchase any extra supplies for the trip.
Today is a big transit day. We’ll set out in the early morning in a passenger van for a 7hr drive along the Kathmandu-Pokhara highway to reach the village of Besisahar.
We’ll then transfer to a 4×4 jeep to reach the village of Jagat. In the evening, we’ll have time to explore the village, the local surroundings, and soak in a nearby natural hot spring. We’ll stay overnight in our first local teahouse lodge for the journey.
We’ll begin our hiking portion of the trip in Jagat and set out to reach the village of Dharapani. We’ll spend the day hiking through lush jungle forests as we continue to meander along the Marsyangdi River. Raging waterfalls seemingly appear roughly every 200 meters. We’ll post up in Tal for lunch, before setting out to Dharapani, following the river to a local teahouse lodge where we’ll spend the night.
Over the next two days, you’ll witness the landscape take many forms—from thick jungle vegetation to sparse alpine forests, meandering river valleys to rugged mountainous terrain. We’ll cross a network of suspension bridges along the route from Dharapani to Timang, eventually leading us to Chame—a beautiful remote Nepalese village with stunning views of the towering Lamjung Himal peak.
After crossing a number of suspension bridges strung with Tibetan prayer flags, we eventually reach the town of Upper Pisans, a traditional village in the Manang region with breathtaking views of the Annapurna II piercing the sky.
We’ll follow a route that first takes us through the beautiful villages of Ghyaru and Ngawal. Along the way, we’ll take in many views of the Annapurna massif, including Annapurna II, IV, Tilicho and Pisang peaks. It’s hard to comprehend the sheer size of these mountains—you’ll be deeply humbled by their colossal presence.
We’ll stay the first night in Manang, and the second at Gunsang, only a few kilometers away.
Both small high altitude villages offer a great resting place for us to acclimatize before continuing on our trek in the higher altitudes.
At this point in the trip, you’ll feel just how deep we have trekked into the Himalayas. The cool mountain air, carrying ancient whispers trailing off the many ribbons of Tibetan prayer flags, will caress your skin in a biting embrace.
Depending on the energy levels of the group, we’ll aim for High Camp—our last stop before reaching the highest mountain pass of the Annapurna Range, Thorung La Pass. Otherwise, we’ll overnight at a lower altitude along the riverside trail.
We’ll head out first thing in the morning and aim to reach Thorung La Pass. Your body will be prepped for today’s ultimate push after many days of navigating the high mountain altitudes. The welcomed sight of the colorful Tibetan flags encircling the “Congratulations for the Success!” sign at the top of the pass will overwhelm you with a sense of accomplishment. This achievement will be greeted with the relief of descending into the Mustang desert valley to reach the village of Muktinath.
Kagbeni is the gateway to the Last Forbidden Kingdom of Upper Mustang—a place only accessible with restricted access permits. We’ll enjoy a nice lunch before setting out for the village of Jomsom by local transportation, where we’ll aim to spend the night.
The following day, we’ll take a morning flight from Jomsom back to Pokhara, near where we started our journey.
We’ll take an early morning flight from Pokhara back to Kathmandu. Reminiscing of the remote mountain villages and purity of their modest life, Kathmandu is a stark contrast with its swarming businesses and buzzing streets.
Beautiful in its own way, we’ll have time to explore the city before setting out for a celebratory dinner for our last night together as a group.
After breakfast on our last day, your guides will coordinate your transfer back to the Tribhuvan International Airport where our journey began. We’ll say our goodbyes and revel in our accomplishments one last time. You’ll leave with a deeper understanding of the people, the land, and yourself.
- Certified guide from Amarok Adventures.
- Certified Nepali mountain guide.
- All domestic transfers by jeep & van.
- Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu.
- 3* hotel with bed & breakfast (2 nights) and 2* hotel in Pokhara (1 night) in twin rooms.
- Teahouse basic accommodation during the hiking days.
- All meals included during the hiking days.
- Unlimited tea & coffee during the hiking days.
- All the hiking permits & government taxes.
- Domestic flights: Jomsom – Pokhara & Pokhara – Kathmandu
- Agency support 24/7.
- International flights
- Lunches & dinners in Kathmandu.
- Nepal entry visa fee.
- Sleeping bag & personal hiking gear.
- Porter service (not available).
- Alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, or laundry services.
- Trip insurance (compulsory).
- Everything not specified in “Included”.