One of the greatest long distance treks in the world in a world class trekking environment.
In the world of trekking, the very mention of ‘the circuit’ only means one thing – The Annapurna Circuit.
It is still one of the greatest treks in the world despite the variations to its route. This horseshoe shaped route covers an amazing variation in cultures and terrain from the deepest river gorge in the world to the highest pass in the world.
Having spent 2 nights in Kathmandu, we drive to Bahundanda (just beyond Besi Sahar) and get trekking. Sleeping in lodges (called tea houses) every night and trekking for about 6 hours per day, the route meanders its way north through rural villages slowly gaining altitude until you reach Manang (3500m). It is here that you rest and acclimatise in readiness to cross the Thorong La pass.
It takes 3 days to ascend to and cross the Pass, amidst fantastic alpine scenery that stretches out for miles. The descent to Muktinath takes you back down to a very safe altitude and a very different type of terrain and culture. To the north lies the protected enclave of Upper Mustang and to the south runs the deepest river gorge in the world – the Kali Ghandaki. Once you reach Jomson, we drive down the valley in a 4×4 to reach Tatopani and the infamous hot springs.
Ascend up to Ghorepani and another superb photographic opportunity to experience the sunrise over the Annapurnas from Poon Hill (3200m). This photographic hotspot lies between two of the world’s biggest mountain ranges (Annapurna and Dhaulagiri) as well as overlooking the Kali Ghandaki.
At the end of the trek, it takes just 90 mins by road Pokhara. It’s time to relax in your well appointed 4* hotel (with a pool), just minutes from the centre of town. There are lots of adventure activities available (paragliding, microliting, mountain biking, canoeing on the lake) or you can simply relax and enjoy the shops, restaurants and pool.
Crossing one of the highest Passes in the world (Thorong La, 5416m)
Travelling down the deepest river gorge in the world (Kali Ghandaki)
Standing on top of Poon Hill
Down time in Pokhara; plenty of additional adventure activities
Clothing and Equipment – No specialist equipment is required. Please refer to our Kit List webpage.
Annapurna Circuit... a significant adventure planned by Travel and Trek, an excellent trip. Views were outstanding, the companionship great fun and Pokhara hotel luxury! It was seriously great, a real sense of achievement and unrivalled bragging rights in the run-up to Christmas!
Date and Prices Content
Meet in Country
24 Sep – 14 Oct 2017
15 Oct – 4 Nov 2017
25 Mar – 14 Apr 2018
15 Apr – 5 May 2018
Min number to guarantee the trek’s departure – 2
If Sole Occupation is requested – £145 (hotels and trek)
Land Only clients – we collect you from the airport
Day 1 – Depart UK Fly from London bound for Kathmandu (overnight flight).
Day 2 – Arrive Kathmandu On arrival in Kathmandu, you will be collected by our Representative and transferred to the hotel.
Our friendly staff are on hand to provide any advice or assistance you need. Time to explore your surroundings and generally settle in.
Day 3 – Free Day
Meet your trekking Guide at 0900hrs for a trekking brief and timings for tomorrow. Final preparations for trek. Optional pre-arranged cultural tour of Kathmandu with exclusive transport/Guide or choose to roam as you please. B
Day 4 – Drive to Besi Sahar and continue by 4×4 up to Bahundanda The drive is approx 7 hrs including a lunch stop. BD
Days 5 – 9 – Trek – Chamje – Bagarchlap – Chame – Pisang – Manang The next 5 days will allow you to get well and truly into the routine. Whilst the itinerary here states the overnight stops, they can change. The weather, illness and potential injuries are all elements that could slow a group down or even stop it. Ultimately, the group will be in Manang on Day 8. The ascent rate is nice and slow, allowing good acclimatisation. This side of the Thorong La has often been described as harsh when compared to the greener, lush terrain of the Kali Gandaki Valley. You will see a change in culture and maybe a change in the visual features of the faces as you progress towards Manang. BLD
Day 10 – Acclimatisation in Manang At an altitude of 3500m, Manang is the perfect place to stop and acclimatise. The Nepalese Rescue Association (NRA) is also located here and provide timely daily talks on Acute Mountain Sickness. Your Guide will take you on an acclimatisation walk to gain some altitude to assist the process. BLD
Days 11 – 12 – Trek Manang – Letdar or Yak Kharka (4018m) – Thorong Phedi (4420m) This is a fabulous day. Firstly, there are no climbs to talk of! The scenery from Muktinath down to the Kali Gandaki river bed is wonderful; stark mountains with Upper Mustang stretching away to the north (previously of Tibet). Once on the wide river bed (it is in full flow in the monsoon), it is a battle against the southerly winds that traditionally push through this deep valley from late mornings onwards. Don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled for ammonites (fossils); they sit on the floor having been washed down from the previous monsoon. Once through Jomson (the local airstrip), it is just 90 mins down to Marpha, the apple capital of Nepal. They have everything from apple crumble, to apple brandy to dried apple BLD
Day 13 – Trek Thorong Phedi – Thorong La (5416m) – Muktinath (3800m) It will be an early, pre-dawn start for the ascent to the Pass. It will take several hours in potentially very cold conditions. The rewards however, are spectacular. Stand on the Pass and savour the moment; you are higher than Everest Base Camp too! The descent down to Muktinath is long and can be more demanding than the ascent itself! It is a drop of over 1700m but at least, if any effects of altitude were being felt at the top, they will quickly subside. BLD
Day 14 – Trek Muktinath – Jomson (2800m) This is a fabulous day. Firstly, there are no climbs to talk of! The scenery from Muktinath down to the Kali Gandaki river bed is wonderful; stark mountains with Upper Mustang stretching away to the north (previously of Tibet). Once on the wide river bed (it is in full flow in the monsoon), it is a battle against the southerly winds that traditionally push through this deep valley from late mornings onwards. Don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled for ammonites (fossils); they sit on the floor having been washed down from the previous monsoon. You will welcome the sight of Jomson after the winds! BLD
Days 15 – 4 x 4 transfer to Tatopani (1100m) Let the 4×4 take the strain for this ride down the deepest river gorge in the world. The Dhaulagiri range is on the west side and the Annapurna range is on the east. Both contain world top 10 8000m peaks and with the valley floor under 2000m, it is at least 6km’s deep (3.75miles). Your reward at the end of this section is the infamous natural hot springs in Tatopani. Sat next to the main river, there are two purpose built pools for people to sit in, which are fed by natural hot (boiling!) water, cooled down by the river water as required. It is perfect for trekkers just to wallow in the hot water! BLD
Day 16 – Trek Tatopani – Ghorepani (2855m) The ascent from Tatopani to Ghorepani is a massive 1700m. It is long day but you should also be walking fit by now. Ghorepani is a real crossroads of trails. There are at least 3 major trails coming in from different directions making this place appear quite busy when compared to some others. Like Tatopani, there are a few shops and many Tibetan traders. BLD
Days 17, 18 – Trek Ghorepani – Tikhedhunga – Naya Pul, road to Pokhara Day 17 is an excellent day beginning with a pre-dawn start to get you up to Poon Hill (3200m) for the sunrise. It takes about 45 mins to get up to the top. It is a fabulous photographic opportunity as both the Annapurna and Dhaulagari ranges are in full view. After you have returned to Ghorepani for breakfast, you will begin the descent towards Ulleri and finally to your overnight stop at Tikhedhunga. It is mainly descending. Your final day’s trek (Day 18) will be fairly short to Naya Pul followed by a 90 min road transfer to Pokhara. It’s time to relax, throw off those trekking clothes, have a good shower in our 4* hotel and generally unwind, perhaps by the lovely pool. B
Day 19 – Pokhara – Free Day After this trek you deserve a good rest and chance to relax and Pokhara is the place to do it. Pokhara is a lovely relaxed town, located on the banks of Lake Phewa. The opportunities are numerous from the adventurous paragliders and microlites, to a slow boat on the lake to strolling along the shops. The centre of town is just a few minutes away (literally) so you can stroll and eat/drink at leisure within easy walking distance of your home. B
Day 20 – Pokhara – Kathmandu After breakfast, we transfer you to the local airport for your domestic flight back to Kathmandu. You will be met on arrival and transferred to the hotel. The remainder of the day is free. B
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